Road trip! South Africa to host its first EV rally

first_img Finance and Policy The Electric Vehicle Road Trip Africa (EVRT Africa) will be coming to South Africa in October. Source: generation.e Read more: Policy paper examines the impact of EVs and energy transformation Through attracting the attention of EV enthusiasts and adventurers around the globe, we can also attract further investment and quicken the rate of installation of infrastructure as well as raise the profile of EVs across the country. The road trip is not only a chance to showcase the power and potential of EVs, it’s also an opportunity to scale up infrastructure and champion South Africa as an EV-friendly destination. During the road trip, with help from our partners, we will be installing approximately 30 new charging points across the country. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector Develop a quota and milestone-restricted policy for EVs Read more: IEA releases electric vehicles market report Repurposing existing structures, such as rooftops can smooth the transition of integration for smart transport. It’s a cost-effective way to turn existing spaces into EV-friendly platforms. The quotas would be established to enforce caps for import rates, permissible number of new car sales per quarter or per (a certain number) years, energy grid offloading cap, profit margins for energy resale, rebates and incentives caps. Such a system would serve two purposes. Firstly, it would act as a contingency power source for the proposed car-charging service on site for motorist-rail users. Secondly, it would help to minimise operational costs incurred through powering of Gautrain stations –administrative electronics, ticket stations, lighting creating a mutually beneficial energy supply.   TAGSSouth Africa Previous articleMauritius edition of aef takes top honoursNext articleWest Africa will begin cross-border sale of electricity in 2020 Ashley TheronAshley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa. The road trip will start in Johannesburg on 2 October and end in Cape Town on 10 October. One of the main barriers to the adoption of EVs is the price tag, which is yet to become truly competitive with petrol powered vehicles. Sea freight, Import duties, value-added tax and ad valorem tax costs account for almost 40% of the selling price of a new car with an average price of between R200,000 and R900,000. That’s not small change. Develop a preferential funding scheme We can do more and go further, faster, together That’s why collaboration is a key part of electrifying South Africa’s transport. Collaborate with other transport providers and networks: install Solar PV Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) in Gautrain stations Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA Yet barriers still remain that slow the adoption of smart transport in the country, including a lack of awareness, infrastructure and affordability. These barriers can be overcome by direct actions from opening up access to funding, to collaborating with existing transport networks. Generationcenter_img This innovative approach has been a successful way of integrating green energy into cities in countries all over the world. An impressive example is Singapore’s famous Zero Energy Building retrofit which boasts an array of solar panels of 1,300 sq metres – almost half a football field – covering the roof of the South Asian city-state building. By placing rooftop PV Solar panels on canvas rooftops across South Africa, energy can be both collected and stored for the Battery Energy Storage System (BESS) and used as EV charging points. This may mean that a green financier might have to charge interest – on EV credit sales – below prime and introduce a payback period that stretches over the life cycle of the vehicle to plunge the monthly premium. This October sees the launch of the biggest emobility event of its kind in the country, our unique Electric Vehicle Road Trip, hitting the streets of South Africa. The Global Citizen reported that this will be the first electric car road trip in the country, which is a collaboration between Generation.e. (a company promoting smarter mobility), the Department of Transport, and the Gauteng provincial government. The train’s Park and Ride service, which links Johannesburg, Pretoria, Ekurhuleni and O. R. Tambo International Airport is used by over 70% of South Africa’s general motorist population. By installing EV charging points at these stations a huge section of the market would be granted accessible, integrated charging. This could even be integrated into the existing payment system operated by Gautrain users, to further streamline the commute for EV users. Although electrifying South Africa’s transport grid is a costly process, developing a preferential funding scheme will ensure that the injection of capital into the sector is more sustainable. This means creating and coordinating access to financial resources to support the implementation of smart mobility measures. The ability to access finance from early investors will deliver a boost to the EV market as the initial investment is often where new technology developments stall. Put South Africa on the map as an EV-friendly destination through our Electric Vehicle Road Trip South Africa South Africa’s Gautrain service has suggested installing solar energy storage systems in its stations to incentivise EV drivers and motorists. Policy structure is at the forefront of major national change. That’s why introducing a quota milestone restricted policy for EVs is a smart first step toward jump-starting the electrification of South Africa’s vehicles. Setting national targets that are milestone and timeframe based ensures a base rate of adoption, especially when paired with financial incentives. Replace canvas roofing by retrofitting with PV Solar rooftop panels. The quotas can unlock economic opportunities through local manufacturing and the potential to export trade, as the minimal progress which the country has made regarding the adoption of EVs necessitates a certain level of industry productivity. This is not just for the manufacture/import or cars themselves, but for the infrastructure needed to support them – primarily charging stations. RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Boost International Trade: Introduce Tax exemptions on imported EVs These are our six steps to bringing cleaner, smarter transport to bring South Africa: Inevitably, automobile manufactures pass the cost to consumers, inflating the price of EVs and making them less accessible to the mass market. A tax relief paid back to manufacturers over the lifespan and use of the car would suppress this increase in cost, making EVs more affordable as an option for more South Africans.     EVRI Africa said that the incentives to go green when it comes to cars are abundant and clear, with the most obvious being their carbon savings. EVs are calculated to have approximately half the carbon footprint of an equivalent petrol-powered vehicle. BRICS UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Cleveland EMT Battles for His Own Life

first_imgEMT James Taylor has been on the job for so long, it’s hard for him to walk down a Cleveland street without bumping into someone he once rescued. CLEVELAND — He spent more than three decades saving lives. Now a member of Cleveland’s first Emergency Medical Technician class is fighting for his own life. 62-year-old James Taylor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in July.center_img While even in treatment for pancreatic cancer last week at University Hospitals, he shared a room with a man he twice transported to the hospital for respiratory distress.Read More, Cleveland EMT fights for his lifelast_img read more

Pitching Matchups for the Indians-Astros Series at Progressive Field

first_imgTwo of the best in the American League will do batter over three days at Progressive Field starting on Tuesday evening, as the Indians will host the AL West champion Houston Astros for a set of games.The Indians are coming off a 5-2 road swing, losing a game each to the Jays and Royals. The Astros are 68-39, eight games up on the A’s in the AL West.Here’s the pitching matchups for the next three days in Downtown Cleveland. July 30 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Shane Bieber vs. RHP Justin VerlanderJuly 31 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Adam Plutko vs. RHP Jose UrquidyAugust 1 v Houston, 7:10PM (SportsTime Ohio/WTAM/WMMS/IRN)RHP Zach Plesac vs. RHP Gerrit Cole Matt Loede Matt Loede has been a part of the Cleveland Sports Media for over 21 years, with experience covering Major League Baseball, National Basketball Association, the National Football League and even high school and college events. He has been a part of the Cleveland Indians coverage since the opening of Jacobs/Progressive Field in 1994, and spent two and a half years covering the team for 92.3 The Fan, and covers them daily for Associated Press Radio. You can follow Matt on Twitter HERE.center_img Related TopicsAstrosfeaturedIndianslast_img read more