South Africa first open road electric vehicle range test: Jaguar I-Pace vs BMW i3s vs MINI Cooper SE: Agilitee Africa, a South African Electric Vehicles [EV] company, has unveiled the Agilitee-Go, its first self-charging four-wheeler electric vehicle.
This comes after the company received approval from the South African government, which recognizes Agilitee as a car manufacturer in the nation.
“Our Agilitee Go car has a travel range of 300km when fully charged and also self-charges, 1100p HD Reverse Camera with a large central screen, sensitive and quick response combined hydraulic breaks, Front & Rear impact guard with side protection for all occupants, Bluetooth hands-free calls, child lock Hill-Start assist control (HAC), and Automatic Gear,” said Dr. Mandla Lamba, the company’s Chief Executive Officer.
He also mentioned that the rise of electric vehicles is gaining traction on the African continent.
“Today, the majority of Africa’s green-tech start-ups are driving the continent’s march toward electric mobility, which is a vital intervention in the battle against climate change, propelled by a worldwide wave of electric vehicle (EV) adoption.” Dr. Lamba continued.
However, the continent’s transition to electric mobility lags behind Europe, the United States, and China, the worldwide leaders in the field.
“South Africa sold just 92 battery-electric cars (BEVs) in 2020, down from 154 in 2019, representing 0.02 percent of domestic vehicle sales,” Dr. Lamba said. Hybrid vehicle sales fell from 253 in 2019 to 232 in 2020.
Nonetheless, a number of nations are putting together extensive policy frameworks to help accelerate the transition to and adoption of electric transportation.
In addition, the company has established a foothold in West Africa, with its headquarters in Nigeria. There are proposals to build an assembly factory for vehicles, electric motorbikes, and scooters in Ghana and Zimbabwe.
“Our goal is to reach every corner of Africa.” “In the long run, we will build up assembly operations in various nations,” Lamba stated.
“Most African governments have not fully embraced the usage of electric vehicles,” he continued, “but we will educate our people on their benefits.”
Agilite electric vehicles do not require grid charging because they are solar-powered and have a backup battery.
Ghana, like the rest of Sub-Saharan Africa, is a large market for used cars imported mostly from Asia and other areas of the world that have been blamed for greater carbon dioxide emissions.
Lamba went on to say that their technique can cut greenhouse gas emissions, enhance public health, and lessen environmental harm.