Electric cars part of SA climate change response

Green for go on electric cars…..

green carIn terms of SA’s climate change response policy  the department of environmental affairs (DEA) have launched their Emission Electric Vehicle Programme, known to many as the “Green Car” programme.  The centre chosen for the final development of the prototype vehicles will be at the Gerotek test facility in Pretoria.

Enviro objectives 

This initiative was originally announced at the COP17 conference in Durban recently hosted by South Africa and it seeks to ensure that South Africa practically contributes to the reduction of environmentally harmful gases by promoting the use of cleaner sources of fuel by the automotive industry.

The recent statement says that the fleet of zero emission electric vehicles are now fully powered by solar energy from a high-tech assembly of solar tracking panels housed at the department’s head office, rather than using power from the national grid.

Says the statement, “The high tech solar panels powering the vehicles generate enough electricity to power the fleet and feed back into the national grid, further incentivising the move for other government departments and ordinary citizens to consider traveling green.”

Part of climate change response

DEA adds that the programme also keeps South Africa in line with international developments in automotive “green” technology and is in line with the National Climate Change Response referred to by President Zuma in his state of the nation address.

Amongst the expected parties coordinating with each other on the “Green Cars” project, such as DTI, and the transport, science, technology and energy departments are both SARS and national treasury.

Full backing

dipou Peters2Said minister Dipou Peters earlier at the launch in Pretoria, “The project is aimed at demonstrating the capability and readiness for  South Africa to transition to a low carbon path in the transport sector with the use of a combination of renewable energy technology; state of the art electric vehicles and a carbon neutral offset mechanism.”

Four Nissan LEAF test cars are to be placed at the Department of Environmental Affairs disposal for usage and testing in the initial phase of the project, to be run over three years. The LEAF, is the world’s first mass produced electric vehicle, which will be launched later this year in South Africa by Nissan as the first car manufacturer to introduce a one hundred percent electric vehicle into the country.

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