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Electric mobility development programme invites SA startups

The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme invites South African businesses to apply for funding of up to ZAR1 million (US $64,000) for initiatives in the energy storage, vehicle systems, charging infrastructure, and connected car sectors.

The national uYilo Electric Mobility Programme was established in 2013 as a multi-stakeholder, collaborative programme focused on enabling, facilitating, and mobilising electric mobility in South Africa. It is an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, a public entity of the Department of Science and Innovation.

Battery systems, charging solutions, motors, inverters, remote monitoring systems, and electric cars were among the projects previously supported. Project proposals will be assessed against the required criteria, and those that are selected will be expected to meet a set of milestones during the project development process.

“The development of a local e-mobility value-chain is the key outcome of the uYilo kick start funding initiative,” said uYilo director Hiten Parmar.

“The kick start fund focuses on accelerating existing research and development to the level where they can be commercialised into the market. It provides the support for local products and services, along with developing skill-sets so South Africa can use its own resources to build an electric vehicle industry, with expanding opportunities for export while creating local employment.”

 

 

 

 

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