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International electric vehicle sales grow by 41% during global pandemic

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South Africa ranked fifth globally in the ratio of public electric vehicle (EV) chargers to electric vehicles in 2020. Only Korea, Chile, Mexico, Indonesia and the Netherlands have more chargers per EV than SA, according to the IEA Global EV Outlook 2021 report released recently.

February 2021 saw that BEV (battery-electric vehicle) registrations overtook those of PHEV (plug-in hybrid electric vehicle) registrations locally. This milestone marks the advancements of battery technology in the EV space and growing local consumer confidence in the range offered in newer generation BEV’s with less reliance on ICE (internal combustion engine) hybrid technology. In the same month, SA also had its first registration of a plug-in hybrid Ferrari, the SF90.

The IEA (International Energy Agency) has published the Global EV Outlook annually since 2013 with the latest report profiling 10 million electric cars on the world’s roads at the end of 2020. A highlight of this latest report is that EV sales jumped by 41% in 2020 despite the pandemic-related worldwide downturn in car sales in which global car sales dropped 6% – and this trajectory is expected to continue, with the first sales quarter of 2021 continuing in this trend... more

Aftermarket Buzz

Mimecast Report: 85% of SA organisations were hurt by lack of cyber preparedness in 2020

Annual “The State of Email Security” report also finds 47% were infected by ransomware Mimecast Limited, a leading email security and cyber resilience company, today announced the publication of its “The State of Email Security” report. The… more

IITPSA responds to government policies for digital development in SA

The Institute of Information Technology Professionals South Africa (IITPSA) has welcomed the government’s commitment to strengthening its digital capacity and moving the country into the 4th Industrial Revolution, but has questioned the need… more

The triple threat: Types of distracted driving

Removing the threat of distracted driving involves understanding the complexities of this habit. It cannot be minimised to just answering a call while driving. Driving while distracted is much more complex which could be why it is proving to be… more

Mobility Beat

XCEED, the new blockchain solution for the certification of vehicle compliance is moving a step further in Europe

XCEED is a new blockchain solution for the European automotive industry to certify the compliance of vehicle’s components from design to production. Developed and realised by Faurecia, Groupe Renault, Knauf Industries, Simoldes, and Coşkunöz,… more

Don’t ignore these small complaints your car makes

Although many of the modern cars will provide ample warning when something is wrong with your car, there are often a number of smaller signs that can point to tell tale niggles, which if not attended to, can develop into an inconvenient… more

Europcar latest to join FlexClub marketplace in car subscription revolution

Car subscriptions on the FlexClub marketplace offer members unparalleled freedom Global car rental company Europcar, is the latest partner to join FlexClub, the car subscription marketplace, which will support the car rental company to venture… more

Motoring

New Ferrari Limited-Edition V12: the countdown has begun

The first official photographs of the special version of the 812 Superfast were made available today The model’s name and further technical information will be revealed on May 5 during a live-streamed event on Ferrari’s social media channels… more

Six things to be aware of if you want to protect your car’s paintwork

If you enjoy spending time buffing and polishing your car you may be unwittingly damaging the paintwork on your car. Richard Green, national director of the South African Motor Body Repair Association (SAMBRA), a proud association of the Retail… more

Louis Coetzer’s legacy auto auction memorialised with global award

WEAVING into a compelling legacy tale the strands of memories from devoted children who were raised by a humble South African man with a lifelong passion for collecting exceptional automobiles, is a simple family story that resonated around the… more

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Remembering the Kimi - Fernando fight

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux

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Two protagonists who remain in competition today battled for the lead in the 2005 Spanish Grand Prix at the Circuit de Catalunya in Barcelona. The race was held sixteen years ago, this coming weekend.

Kimi Raikkonen won the pole and started ahead of championship leader Fernando Alonso who qualified third. The race saw these two future champions fight for the lead watched by a capacity crowd of more than 100,000 enthusiastic Spanish spectators whose allegiance was never in doubt.

After a thrilling duel, Raikkonen steered his McLaren to victory ahead of the Renault of Alonso who nevertheless extended his lead in the championship chase.

Michael Schumacher’s bid to win a sixth successive title for Ferrari (and an eighth in total), was detailed when he retired after suffering two tyre failures.

Of course, Alonso and the Renault team would go on to win the 2005 World Drivers' and Constructors' Championships, ending five years of dominance by Schumacher. Alonso's success made him the youngest champion in the history of the sport at that time. It was a title he held until Lewis Hamilton won the championship in 2008. Kimi’s title came in 2007.

Image: Fernando Alonso(left) & Kimi Raikkonen(right)

Photocredit: The Guardian - Teandkimi

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Another SA Cross Country Series success story

A partnership with fuel supplier Gulfstream Energy has produced another SA Cross Country Series (SACCS) success story. Gulfstream Energy, an independent fuel wholesaler, has joined SACCS and championship series partners Eurol Lubricants, Ford… more

Veteran Moto Cross and Off-road champions invest back in the sport

Two Springbok Motocross legends who have achieved the ultimate successes over the years and are still racing today are giving their services back to the sport they love Springbok and Multiple MX champions 50-year-old Ryan Hunt Director Vermont… more

Williams Advanced Engineering (WAE) to provide batteries for all new eSkootr championship, setting new standards of eSkootr  performance

Williams Advanced Engineering has been announced as sole provider of batteries for the all new eSkootr race series The championship will be contested on street circuits across the world, supported by a maximum of 10 teams, racing 30 eSkootrs The… more

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