The future looks electric for South Africa


The current Charter aims to constitute a binding framework within which all Members will work together to achieve expected outputs of the EVIA.

A. The South African government at COP21 that took place in Paris in 2015 announced its intention to undertake steps to support the curb of GHG emissions by supporting the introduction of electric mobility as one of the mitigation actions for the transport sector.

B. The efforts of developing and implementing electric mobility in South Africa will be conducted by different stakeholders in the electric vehicle industry, collaborating as a consortium, namely the EVIA.

C. Through close cooperation between industry, science, and central government, innovative elements of electric mobility will be tested and scaled up.

D. The purpose of the EVIA would be to coordinate, develop and implement electric vehicle technologies into large scale demonstration and pilot plans thereby giving the projects visibility in South Africa.

E. Within these projects, various thematic focuses will be promoted: battery technology, vehicle technology, electric vehicle market, mobility concepts, systemic approach/environment, legal framework, energy/charging infrastructure/smart grids, ICT, users, sustainable urban transport, including freight, traffic management, awareness creation and communication, education and further training.

F. The objectives for the establishment of the EVIA is to become the coordinating office and support the implementation of showcase projects covering the entire spectrum of topics in the field of electric mobility, such as;

(i) Capacity building:
  • Technical know-how and knowledge, and
  • Human capacity;
(ii) Development and maintenance of website for the overall communication of public awareness to, government, non-governmental organisations, international community and industry regarding the understanding of electric vehicle battery recharging, charging points availability and location, electricity trading transaction, pricing (tariffs), communications and system management;

(iii) Collaboration with international bodies regarding electric vehicle best practices and sharing best practices on electric vehicle and supporting technologies;

(iv) Provision of support and advice on government initiatives on electric vehicles industry development;

(v) Analysis and identification of criteria of an ideal geographic placement regarding charging infrastructure;

(vi) Identification of regulatory gaps and propose and develop specific guidelines for PEV infrastructure deployment, for residential single- and multi-dwelling units, commercial and public areas, and fast charging units in strategic locations;

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