Which will find favour in SA?

Hydrogen has been hitting the headlines lately – with automobile and truck makers alike singing its praises. So, when are we more likely to get hydrogen-powered automobiles on South Africa’s roads?

The excellent news is that we will get hydrogen-powered automobiles in a few years – a minimum of one producer (Daimler) has confirmed that it may promote hydrogen-powered automobiles right here by 2023. The dangerous information is that we received’t get them instantly.

“We do however have an excellent alternative that is available right now, namely electric vehicles (EVs),” mentioned Autotrader CEO George Mienie.

Toyota Mirai international gross sales, however what about SA?

But why the delay in a rollout of hydrogen-powered vehicles?

It’s not as if the automobiles aren’t out there; Hyundai goals to make 13,000 hydrogen automobiles in 2020 whereas Toyota has simply launched the very newest model of its Mirai, which runs on hydrogen.

Toyota has already offered greater than 10,000 of those automobiles globally. Toyota plans to supply 30,000 hydrogen-powered automobiles this yr and 200,000 by 2025.

No hydrogen gas station community in SA

However, whereas the merchandise can be found, the infrastructure merely isn’t. While hydrogen-powered automobiles have made benefits over EVs – together with faster refuelling and larger vary – South Africa doesn’t have a community of hydrogen gas stations.

On the opposite hand, South Africa already has an enormous variety of EV charging factors.

“On the N1, N2, N3, and N4 there is no such thing as a distance between charging stations larger than 200km. In truth, the variety of charging factors per EV in South Africa is likely one of the highest in the world.

“To put that in perspective, internationally there are 25 cars per charging station. In South Africa, there are only six cars per charging station,” revealed Mienie. 

Survey reveals EV potential in SA

These – and different fascinating – details are contained inside the 2020 South Africa EV Car Buyer Survey, which reveals the massive potential for EVs in this nation.

According to this survey, solely 2% of customers at the moment personal an EV and 13% have pushed one. But 68% of customers are “likely” or “very likely” to contemplate buying an EV in the long run.

Going ahead, EV gross sales will be bolstered by the truth that South Africans right now have significantly much less vary nervousness. Only 26% of customers say that “range anxiety” is a significant drawback (beforehand this has been essentially the most vital concern).

Yet one other main concern of customers in the previous has been the comparatively excessive buy value of EVs – however that is now much less of a difficulty.

“In truth, 67% of motorists are prepared to pay extra for an EV upfront, provided that working prices are decrease than a petroleum/diesel automobile.

“While hydrogen-powered vehicles will no doubt come into their own in the future, our survey reveals that 74% of consumers could purchase an EV within the next five years. Right now, the short-term future for EVs is looking exceptionally bright,” concluded Mienie.

The 2020 South Africa EV Car Buyer Survey report is on the market totally free, here.


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