This month, MIWA Director, Pieter Niemand, MIWA Regional Chairman for Eastern Cape, Jack Finn and MIWA representative, Peter van Mosseveld, were invited to visit the uYilo eMobility Programme at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth. The national programme was established in March 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa.
The facilities visited include a national accredited battery testing laboratory supporting lead-acid and lithium-ion technologies, as well as, a material characterisation laboratory. The Electric Vehicles Systems facility supports component level integration, and the live testing environment serves to facilitate inter-operability within a smart-grid for the electric vehicle eco-system.
“It was incredible to see the level of advancement at this facility. It is important that we, as MIWA, remain pro-active and up-to-date on the progress of this industry as it will have a direct impact on us in the years to come. Our aim is to be as informed as possible so we can educate and inform members and together we can positively embrace change,” says Niemand.