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S Africa launches electric vehicle technology center

The South African government on Wednesday founded Electric Vehicle Technology Center to advance the new auto development, media reported.

The modern center was established at the Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University in the southern port city of Port Elizabeth with the fund from the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) .

The TIA was created by an act of parliament in November 2008, with the mandate to enable and support technology innovation across all sectors of the economy in order to achieve the social- economic benefits for the country and enhance the global competitiveness.

The South African Broadcasting Company (SABC) reported that the center establishment was aimed at “facilitating the development of the infrastructure, research, technology and competencies for the country’s new generation vehicles.”

The TIA board chairperson Mamphela Ramphele experienced an electric car by taking a drive in it on the campus.

Since the beginning of the new century, South Africans have been keen on developing the green vehicles like the first indigenously-developed electric car Joule.


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