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PHOTO CAPTION: Optimal Energy Joule electric car was developed in Cape Town, but failed to attract investors.

So. Africa to Offer Incentives to EV Manufacturers

The government would reimburse the manufacturer with 35% of the production cost over three years, but they have to produce at least 5,000 vehicles to qualify.

Published: 03-May-2013

Manufacturers will receive incentives to produce electric vehicles in South Africa, says Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies.

He added that his department was also considering incentives for consumers.

However, the government has travelled a difficult road when it comes to electric vehicles, after the Joule – an electric vehicle designed by South Africa’s Optimal Energy and part-funded by the government – failed to attract investors to commercialise it.

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