“We need to realise the full potential of electric vehicles and, stop thinking of them as nice-to-haves for the rich and eco-conscious, but as a practical solution to make public transport more affordable for the poor.”

So says Gideon Treurnich, Strategic Business Development Manager: Transport & Planning, South Africa, in an interview on SAfm.

He discusses the challenges and opportunities of EVs in the country after the Transport Minister’s endorsement of an electric minibus taxi industry.

It’s an untapped industry, Treurnich says, with nothing like it available anywhere. And, with pockets of excellence across the continent, there are also manufacturing, trade, job creation, foreign investment, and economic benefits.

Listen to the eight-minute interview