FOUR electric vehicles were delivered to Shamwari Game Reserve yesterday as part of a project aimed at cutting carbon emissions.
The four vehicles, along with four others which will be delivered later, will be used to patrol the 25ha game reserve in a project which saw various organisations pool resources for a common goal.
The vehicles come from the uYilo Technology E-Mobility Innovation Programme (uYilo EMIP), established by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) and hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University.
The programme seeks to ready South Africa for the introduction of e-mobility by creating new business opportunities and generating the know-how to support electric vehicles
“The long-term goal is to deploy electric vehicles on game reserves around the country, and with the help of the United Nations Development Organisation develop a sustainable low carbon emission transport system for various projects,” uYilo director Dirk Odendaal said.
The vehicles are at Shamwari to create awareness of the project, test the performance of EVs and determine the feasibly of e-mobility for the safari industry.
Shamwari Group general manager Joe Cloete said fuel-free solutions were the way of the future.
“We are running a five-star establishment off two generators [costing] R140 000 a year in gas, not to mention diesel for vehicles (about R850 a tank),” he said.
The vehicles charge fully over seven to eight hours. A dedicated carport housing a solar array has been erected for them.