JOHANNESBURG (miningweekly.com) – A national roadmap for platinum-catalysed hydrogen fuel cell electric vehicles (FCEVs) needs to be developed to complement the electric vehicle (EV) roadmap drawn up six years ago, says uYilo Electric Mobility director Hiten Parmar.
uYilo is an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency, a schedule 3A public entity of South Africa’s Department of Science and Innovation.
Parmar says a national roadmap for FCEVs, to complement the publication of the EV roadmap of 2013, should take in viewpoints of the private and public sectors.
As expressed at Nedbank CIB Market Research’s conference on fuel cells last month, this roadmap would need to define the short-, medium- and long-term steps towards harnessing local platinum reserves and the development of the envisaged hydrogen economy, Parmar stated in written responses to questions for Mining Weekly’s upcoming special feature on fuel cells.
Currently, EVs are multi-classified as mild hybrid electric vehicles (MHEVs), hybrid electric vehicles (HEVs) plug-in electric vehicles (PHEVs), battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and FCEVs.
The uYilo Electric Mobility Programme has been executing a national mandate to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility into South Africa, leveraging growth within the local ‘green’ economy and providing sector-specific deliveries towards the National Development Plan 2030.
The organisation advances the uptake of electric mobility through government lobbying, industry engagement, pilot projects, enterprise development, human capacity development and thought leadership, in line with global technology advancements in the transport, energy and information technology sectors and the need for improved air quality in cities.
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