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Davies : Incentives for electric cars

Johannesburg – South African vehicle manufacturers will receive incentives for producing more electric cars, it was announced on Thursday.

“South Africa must not be left behind in greening initiatives and technology,” Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told reporters in Johannesburg.

He was speaking at the announcement of what had been dubbed the Electronic Vehicle Industry Road Map.

In terms of the road map, producers of electric cars would have to make 5000 such vehicles before they qualified for an incentive. The government would reimburse the manufacturer with 35 percent of his production cost over three years.

Davies said the map was meant to encourage development of infrastructure for the local production of electric cars.

“What will make these vehicles sellable in South Africa will be entirely dependent on whether these cars are made in South Africa.”
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