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About Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai has been fascinated with batteries since he was in primary school. As part of his High School Physics class he had to choose an elective course. He picked the renewable energy course and he has been hooked ever since. At university he continued to explore materials with applications in the energy space and ending up doing a PhD involving the study of radiation damage in High Temperature Gas Cooled Nuclear Reactors. He has since transitioned to work in the Solar and Storage industry and his love for batteries has driven him to obsess about electric vehicles.



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GridCars Network Is Charging Up South Africa’s EV Revolution

May 25th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

One of the main players in the South African EV space is GridCars. Established in 2009, GridCars has grown to become South Africa’s largest Electric Vehicle Charging Service Equipment (EVSE), Charging Station Infrastructure and Management Systems firm


Mobility For Africa Shows How Electric Vehicles Can Transform Lives Where it Matters Most – Part 2

May 13th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Mobility For Africa (MFA) has just completed the first of a two-part pilot phase which we covered here recently. MFA has now started the second phase of the pilot. MFA tested several models which included exploring agricultural produce transport services as well as general taxi services. It also used the pilot to measure the financial viability of the project as well as identifying solutions for different business models


Jaguar I-PACE Is South Africa’s Car Of The Year

April 27th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

BMW South Africa has been at the forefront of promoting electric mobility in South Africa. The BMW i3 has been the only electric model that has been consistently available in South Africa since 2015, hence it is tops of the all-time sales charts with 405 units sold since


MellowVans’ Cool Electric Delivery Vehicles Look To Power The Global Last Mile Delivery Market

April 21st, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Stellenbosch-based MellowVans seeks to help firms across the globe in this space in their quest to unlock operational efficiencies and cost savings by providing them with low cost and emission-free transport. MellowVans develops, manufactures, and leases electric three-wheeler cargo vans that appear to hit the sweet spot of the delivery vehicle market


London’s “Pedal Me” Starts Home Delivery Service As Stay-At-Home Orders Give E-Bike Delivery Firms A Boost

April 16th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

The home delivery market worldwide has been given a boost as many nations have implemented a range of movement restrictions ranging from issuing strong social distancing guidelines to stay-at-home orders to full lockdowns. It appears the social distancing practices will also give a much needed boost to firms using e-bikes in the last-mile/home delivery industry


Electric Vehicles In South Africa: Where Are We Now?

April 10th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

South Africa’s uYilo Electric Mobility Program, a multi-stakeholder, collaborative program focused on enabling, facilitating, and mobilizing electric mobility in South Africa, has just released its State of Electric Vehicles in South Africa Report. According to the report, 1,119 plugin electric vehicles had been sold in South Africa by the end of 2019. It’s interesting to see that the sales were practically evenly split between battery electric vehicles (BEVs) and plugin hybrids (PHEVs). 545 (49%) of these were BEVs and 574 (51%) were PHEVs. These numbers give an interesting look in to the state of electric vehicles in South Africa even though they are low compared to other markets with mature EV industries such as Europe, North America, and China


Tesla’s Cybertruck Could Be The One To Finally Challenge The Toyota Hilux If It Comes To South Africa

April 7th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Tesla really got us rethinking the whole idea of what a pickup truck is when the company shocked the world at the Cybertruck launch event. It's a radical shift that's totally different from the standard pickup truck look and performance expectations that people had been accustomed to. This shock slowly evolved into acceptance, and later absolute admiration. It appears the Cybertruck has since gone on to register over half a million reservations


E-Bikes4Africa’s SunCycles Ramp Up Delivery Service To Weather The Coronavirus Storm

April 7th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Namibian e-bike startup ebikes4africa has been on a steady growth path over the past 5 years. The business model rightly focused on customer segments characterized by a high utilization rate of vehicles. The startup targeted entrepreneurs in the food vending industry, pharmacies that regularly make delivery runs, and those entrepreneurs using bikes as taxis. They also found off takers in the wildlife protection industry and more prominently in the tourism industry where e-fatbike tours offer an eco-tourism experience


Will The Coronavirus-Induced Social Distancing Have A Long-Lasting Effect & Slow Down The Shared Mobility Economy?

March 20th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

A lot of work over the years has gone into researching, developing, trialing, promoting, and scaling efficient transit systems such as shared mobility platforms. The explosion of online shopping has also led to growth of the on-demand delivery economy. These aggregation platforms are a great enabler for electric vehicles whose business case on a total cost of ownership basis really stands out for high utilization vehicles


Fika Mobility Wants To Jumpstart The Kenyan Electric Motorcycle Market With Battery Swap Model

February 18th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

According to the Motorcycle Assemblers Association of Kenya, there are currently about 600,000 commercial motorcycles in Kenya. Motorcycle taxis, known as Boda Bodas, are extremely popular, as commuters use them to whiz through Nairobi’s infamous traffic. Boba Bobas are also widely used in Kenya’s coastal resort towns, like Malindi, Watamu, Kilifi, Diani, the city of Mombasa, Rift Valley towns like Nakuru, and the inland port city Kisumu in Western Kenya


How Can Africa Join The EV Revolution? (Video)

February 11th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

A lot of the OEMs have not expressed any interest in bringing EVs to the rest of Africa anytime soon. With the majority of them struggling to meet demand in their home and traditional markets, it doesn’t look like Africa will be a priority anytime soon


New South African Lithium-Ion Cell Mega-Factory, Plans For 32 GWh/Year By 2028

February 9th, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

The battery storage market in South Africa is expected to grow significantly going forward as companies and homes look to cushion themselves from ongoing electricity blackouts. Eskom, the stated-owned utility company, has been battling to keep the lights on during peak demand hours. Electricity blackouts are expected for at least another 18 months according to some reports


Electric Deliveries Are Spreading Across Africa, Botswana Startup MyFoodness Adopts Electric Scooters On Its Routes

February 2nd, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Slowly but surely, we are getting there. We recently shared Kenyan startup GreenSpoon’s move to embrace electric delivery vans and ABInBev’s South African Breweries’ addition of the Mitsubishi Fuso eCanter to its fleet. Well, now, on our travels to Botswana, we came across MyFoodness, which has been using electric scooters on its delivery routes since


Botswana-Based Accite Holdings Brings Plant-Based Meat Revolution To Africa With Beyond Meat

January 22nd, 2020 | by Remeredzai Joseph Kuhudzai

Infinite Foods, a subsidiary of Botswana-based Accite Holdings, plans to tackle Africa’s nutrition problem in a more sustainable way by promoting plant-based food products across Sub-Saharan Africa. Africa’s expanding population and development will see many move into middle income status and with it increase their meat and dairy intake. Increased meat and dairy intake on a global scale will put more strain on the Earth’s resources which will struggle to sustain the projected surge in demand for red meat and milk using an animal-based system, which is inefficient



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