The Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) in collaboration with Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) launched the Uyilo E-Mobility Programme, on the 13th of March 2013. This programme seeks to speed up the development of new technologies to create a sustainable infrastructure for the use of the electric vehicles through South Africa.

Awareness was created for the public with the programme launch that took place the 12th of March 2013. The pre-launch consisted of experiential stops at the Greenacres shopping mall, Govan Mbeki taxi rank, Sasol filling station in Summerstrand and at NMMU North Campus cafeteria. The public had the opportunity to view the cars and give their input regarding the new exciting programme. At the NMMU North campus, the student hype was incredible. As the university promotes an environment of technology transfer and innovation the programme was well received by the students, academics and researchers of the institution. 

The Uyilo E-Mobility Programme hosted by NMMU and supported by several vehicle manufacturers, such as BMW and Nissan. Furthermore, NMMU provides a live testing facility which enables research activities to be undertaken, while private sector partners would provide market experience and TIA would provide funding.

Various power services are involved in this programme to encourage research and development of the technology and infrastructures to support both electric and hybrid vehicles. The electric vehicles will be powered by electricity whereas the hybrid vehicles will be powered by the use of two or more distinct power sources.

It is part of TIA’s mandate to promote research and technological innovation within the country and Higher Education Institutions. For this reason the NMMU technology station, eNtsa, was selected to host this project due to their ability to deliver projects on time, for their skills and expertise within the group reflected by past projects.  

It is foreseen that the electric vehicle inevitable influence the face of the automotive industry and positively influence the investment within the South African economy and in turn challenge the perception of transportation.

Contact information
Ms Farren Foutie
Tel: 27 41 504 3603