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Merc aims to go all-electric ‘where markets allow’, South African EV launch slated for 2022

17th September 2021 Mercedes-Benz is getting ready to go “all electric” by the end of the decade, “where market conditions allow”. By 2022, the German carmaker says it will have battery electric vehicles (EVs) in all segments of the market the company serves.  

New-vehicle supply constraints could ease towards year-end – Motus

17th September 2021 Automotive group Motus expects new-vehicle supply, currently constrained by a global computer chip shortage, to start normalising towards the end of the year, says CEO Osman Arbee. “Yes, there are some constraints with the supply of new vehicles globally, not only in South Africa. There are... 

Serco accelerates truck manufacture, repair following destruction of 100 units in July unrest

17th September 2021 Truck and trailer building company Serco says it is fast-tracking the construction of vehicles, as well as repairs to vehicles, as it works to help the transport and food sectors return to normal in the wake of the recent unrest in KwaZulu-Natal and parts of Gauteng. Serco CEO Clint Holcroft says... 

Volkswagen celebrates seven decades of manufacturing in South Africa

17th September 2021 The first Volkswagen manufactured in South Africa, a Beetle, rolled off the assembly line on August 31, 1951. This means the German manufacturer celebrates its seventieth anniversary of producing cars in South Africa this year. 

New initiative to empower almost 1 000 women in transport sector

17th September 2021 A new initiative championed by the Commercial Transport Academy (CTA) will aim to empower almost 1 000 women in the transport sector. The Women Inspiring Women to Lead in Transport initiative comprises three structured programmes: CTA Excellence, Run With It and Iron Women.  

Bell Equipment to launch self-driving truck in 2022

10th September 2021 Bell Equipment will launch its first autonomous articulated dump truck (ADT) on the global market next year, says Bell Equipment CEO Leon Goosen. The truck will also be available in South Africa. 

Govt targets August next year, or sooner, for third-party rail access

10th September 2021 The current target date for allowing third-party operators to participate in the rail-freight sector is August next year, says Dr Sean Phillips, head of the National Treasury’s Operation Vulindlela unit. There are, however, ongoing efforts under way to speed up the timeframe put on the table by... 

Eleksa to launch R200 000 CityBug electric car in South Africa this month

10th September 2021 Pretoria-based electric mobility importer Eleksa will introduce the CityBug on the South African market this month. The vehicle, described as an urban electric vehicle (EV), is a two-door four-seater, and will be priced at about R200 000. 

Grindrod targets port, rail projects in govt’s private-sector participation drive 

10th September 2021 Ports and logistics operator Grindrod is positioning itself to take part in the private-sector participation (PSP) opportunities to be created by government in the rail and ports sectors, says Grindrod Freight Services CEO Xolani Mbambo. “Government has called for international players to come... 

Metair sees potential in aftermarket, auxiliary batteries as EV revolution looms

10th September 2021 The demand for battery electric vehicles (BEVs) is driven largely by government incentives in regions such as the European Union (EU), which aims to become a zero-carbon economy, as well as increased consumer demand for greener products and a change in technology, says Metair CEO Riaz Haffejee.... 

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