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Published: 11-Jun-2010

Electric vehicles are not new to South Africa. Carel Snyman, who headed up power utility Eskom’s electric vehicle programme for many years, says his team developed a prototype electric vehicle which was exhibited in France. The Kruger Park also made use of several electric vehicles, to name but a few examples.

Ironically, the reason the now short-on-juice Eskom started the programme was that it wanted to stimulate electricity demand, especially during off-peak periods when the electricity tap was still open, but nobody used it. Eskom terminated its electric vehicle project in 2002, as the oil price tanked to $10 a barrel, and the hype grew around hydrogen as the fuel of the future.

However, now it seems the plug-charge-and-drive electric car, once upon a time rumoured to have been killed by the oil companies, has won the battle as the technology to take over the crown from the internal combustion engine, with several major car manufacturers pushing their mass-produced electric vehicles onto the market from this year.

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