PORT ELIZABETH - The inaugural EVRT Africa successfully passed the halfway mark on Saturday October 5, as the seven electric vehicles arrived in Port Elizabeth after an epic 1000km road trip from Pretoria that began on Wednesday, passing Bloemfontein, the Gariep Dam and Graaff Reinet on its way to the coast.
EVRT, the abbreviation means exactly that – Electric Vehicle Road Trip - is the brain child of Generation-e co-founder and CEO Ben Pullen. The African iteration follows the successful roll out of the concept in the Middle East and Europe over the last four years on a mission to evangelise the need for smarter mobility and in particular the use of electro mobility, in a world beset by climate change and global warming sparked by greenhouse gases, a significant part of which is due to vehicle emissions.
David Rubia, the programme officer for the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) based in Nairobi, Kenya, drove the first leg from Pretoria to Port Elizabeth. It’s the first time UNEP has been involved in the initative.
“Our Air Quality and Mobility Unit has worked hard to improve air quality by getting the world weaned off leaded petrol and worked hard with governments to curb vehicle emissions in their own countries but the reality is that Africa in particular won’t make its emission targets.”
It’s a statistic that comes into sharp relief with the projected spike in the global motorisation rate, currently at 1-billion, which is set to triple by 2050, mostly in the developing world.