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Nissan turns new Leaf with eco car

There is a new “Leaf” in the book of green cars in the city.

The department of environmental affairs on Tuesday received four Nissan Leaf cars to test and use over the next three years.

The Leaf is the world’s first mass-produced, 100 percent electric vehicle. And it will be the first fully electric car in the country.

Water and environmental affairs Minister Edna Molewa said at the launch of the pilot programme in Pretoria West: “The future for urban car ownership and driving is definitely green.

She said green technology was essential to guarantee South Africa’s energy security and reduce reliance on imported oil.

“We are in big trouble, not just in South Africa, but around the world,” she said, referring to the climate change crisis and rising carbon emissions. Molewa said 20 percent of global carbon emissions were attributed to the transport industry.

“The transition to a low-carbon and sustainable economy can create large numbers of green jobs across many sectors of the economy.”


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