Electric transportation could advance the renewables industry in South Africa

According to the World Economic Forum, ninety-eight percent of petroleum consumption shares in Africa lie in the transport sector. Even as the African economy struggles to rise first to match that of the developed world, there is still a lot of work to be done, especially in energy sustainability. Africa is getting urbanized by the day, and its population is growing faster than any other continent. The population shift has increased the demand for reliable energy and heat solutions. South Africa has been largely hit with power blackouts in the last few years which has prompted the government to invest in power generation programs.

Although the renewable sector is just starting to crawl, it has great potential, especially in South Africa. Developed countries such as the United States, China, and European Union countries have been at the forefront of embracing cleaner energy to curb climate change. South Africa could tap into this zeal by incorporating electric vehicles (EVs). The International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) estimates that South Africa uses about 11billion liters of petrol and 12 billion liters of diesel each year. Internal combustion engine (ICE) cars are a major contributor to the gross greenhouse gases emitted to the environment. Introducing EVs will reduce carbon dioxide emissions while providing affordable and sustainable mobility.

Renewable energy companies in South Africa have made significant developments on a small scale. If the government supports these companies’ expansion, it will come in handy at facilitating electrified transport. Green energy such as solar and wind power will also increase the country‚Äôs reserve of energy to avoid power outages. The country announced it would bring to life a new strategy that will expand its renewable energy infrastructure. Dubbed the Renewable Energy Independent Power Procurement Program (REIPPP), the scheme, already in progress, seeks to invite investors and stakeholders into a national dialogue and action to ramp up the renewable energy industry.

To give the national electricity grid some time to recover and allow the country to land on a stable and reliable energy supply ground, South Africa will continue to depend on fossil fuels for energy and heat. In the meantime, top commercial energy companies are preparing for EVs to thrive when the time comes.

Rubicon Energy and Automation, an electrical supply firm based in Port Elizabeth, purchased a Tesla Model X Performance Edition to show consumers the importance and potential of battery-powered vehicles in South Africa. Battery-powered transport would bring multiple benefits to the country as well as the consumers. For one, the EVs are cost-effective. You can charge your EV at home or a public charging station. If the electricity is especially renewable, the cost of transport goes down.

Secondly, introducing EVs will gradually change the South African economy to a greener and more eco-friendly space. Lastly, EV arrival will boost the development and blooming of renewable energy infrastructures such as onshore wind plants and solar companies. But until the country is stable enough in its power demands, the EVs will have to wait.