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South Africa Gears Up for Electric Car Battery Production

Drive to build batteries involve several government agencies including CSIR, IDC, DTI and electric car developer Optimal Energy.

Published: 11-Dec-2009

South Africa is gearing up to produce batteries for electric vehicles.

These batteries could be viewed as the twenty-first century’s ‘new oil’, with any country able to produce them securing a significant portion of their energy future.

It means lessening dependence on the whims of the crude oil price and the politics of the countries holding these resources, as electric vehicles use no fuel.

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