https://staging1.creamermedia.com
R/€ = 19.9347 Change: -0.0456
R/$ = 18.3629 Change: -0.0509
Au 2353.01 $/oz Change: 0.00
Pt 1064.30 $/oz Change: 0.00
 

Truck & Bus News

Yet more Chinese imports on their way, this time electric, and available to rent

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Local importer of Dongfeng Sokon Automobile (DFSK) battery electric vehicles (BEV), Enviro Automotive, says it will make a number of additions to its vehicle line-up. The company introduced the DFSK brand to South Africa in July 2022, with the introduction of the EC35 panel van and EC31 one-ton... 

Steady increase in demand for MyCiTi bus service

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 The latest audited statistics on MyCiTi ridership in and around Cape Town show that there is an increasing demand for the bus service. “It took some time for the service to settle in again after the Covid-19 pandemic, and for operations to return to normal,” says City of Cape Town Urban Mobility... 

Image of a MyCiTi bus and station

New-vehicle sales gain 2.2% after eight months of decline, Suzuki swoops into second place

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 New-vehicle sales have finally moved into positive territory following eight gruelling months of decline. Not all market segments experienced growth, however. 

Startup to build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites

By: Irma Venter     17th May 2024 Electric vehicle charging startup Zero Carbon Charge has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging sites on national highways across South Africa. According to Zero Carbon Charge, the project will... 

Michelin research shows how transporters can reduce total cost of ownership

By: Darren Parker     10th May 2024 Tyre manufacturer Michelin has launched its latest research focused on total cost of ownership, which is aimed at shifting the mindsets of South African transporters to run more efficient and sustainable fleets. The ‘2023 Decarbonising South Africa’s Transport Sector’ outlines that transport is... 

trucks

Commercial vehicle industry poised to grow, grasp new opportunities despite challenges

By: Marleny Arnoldi     8th May 2024 The commercial vehicle industry in South Africa is getting to understand the opportunities in the automotive sector, such as in the autonomous vehicles space, despite various macroeconomic challenges, event organiser Messe Frankfurt South Africa MD Michael Dehn said during the Futureroad vehicle... 

Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn
Messe Frankfurst South Africa MD Michael Dehn

Auto exports soar to new record; shift to EVs sees drop in catalytic converter numbers 

By: Irma Venter     7th May 2024 Despite a tough domestic economy undermining a recovery in new-vehicle sales to pre-pandemic levels, record vehicle exports in 2023 ensured that the South African automotive sector still managed to outperform the rest of the manufacturing sector, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council... 

Image of Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council chief trade and research officer Dr Norman Lamprecht
Norman Lamprecht

Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rental business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South Africa, the company has been importing a range of configurations to suit local conditions. 

Cape Town takes another stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service

By: Irma Venter     3rd May 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

Braking company developing Africa presence

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 According to a report by the African Development Bank in the ‘Macroeconomic Performance and Outlook of Africa’ publication, 11 African countries featured in the world’s 20 fastest growing economies in 2023, which is why braking systems manufacturer and supplier of safety-critical subsystems for... 

The above image depicts one of the trucks operated by Knorr-Bremse
DIAGNOSTICS ANALYSIS Knorr-Bremse will be conducting technical training solutions, while aiding in diagnostics analyses to help diagnose issues with vehicles while in the field

New Class 4, 5 vehicles optimised for net-zero emissions

3rd May 2024 Commercial electric truck brand RIZON, the newest brand of all-electric trucks manufactured by Daimler Truck, announced the Canadian launch of its Class 4 and 5 vehicles. The RIZON brand was presented in Canada for the first time at Truck World in Toronto, which took place from April 18 to 20 –... 

The above image depicts the latest trucks offered by RIZON
Photo by Rizon
SAFETY SYSTEM The latest trucks offered by RIZON boast a proprietary connectivity service from RIZONCONNECT

RFA helps to address cross-border challenges

By: Lynne Davies     3rd May 2024 The Road Freight Association (RFA) – the largest national trade association in South Africa – is concerned about cross-border transport and the associated regulatory and traffic challenges. Three issues frequently occur at the border post precinct that either influence travel time or physically... 

The image depicts the RFA CEO Gavin Kelly
Photo by RFA
GAVIN KELLY The pre-clearing system has taken 20 years to develop, during which the RFA has attempted to get a variety of departments to agree and then devise sustainable or secure systems

‘No operational issues’ as Golden Arrow tests electric Explorer bus 

By: Irma Venter     25th April 2024 Golden Arrow Bus Services (GABS) says it will probably make a final decision in the third or fourth quarter of this year on whether it will acquire any Lion’s Explorer E electric buses from MAN Truck & Bus South Africa (MAN SA). MAN SA in September provided GABS with its first Lion’s Explorer E... 

Image of the MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus
The MAN Lion’s Explorer E electric bus

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

By: Irma Venter     23rd April 2024 Puma Energy Africa head Fadi Mitri has issued a call to action to the African Refiners and Distributors Association (ARDA) to urgently develop the continent’s energy infrastructure. ARDA is the pan-African organisation for the downstream oil sector. 

Urgent need to develop Africa’s fuel storage, distribution networks – Puma Energy

Electric trucks too expensive? Now you can rent one from Volvo Trucks SA

By: Irma Venter     18th April 2024 Volvo Trucks South Africa (SA) has introduced an equipment-as-a-service (EaaS) model for its new electric truck rentals business. Following last year’s launch of Volvo electric trucks in South Africa, the company has been importing a range of configurations to suit local conditions. 

Image of electric Volvo trucks available to rent
Electric Volvo trucks available to rent

WeBuyCars lists on the JSE

By: Irma Venter     11th April 2024 Preowned-vehicle sales specialist WeBuyCars on Thursday listed on the main board of the JSE under the share code WBC. The listing follows WeBuyCars’ unbundling from Transaction Capital, which also owns the struggling SA Taxi. 

Image of a WeBuyCars supermarket

Cape Town takes second stab at rolling out electric buses for its MyCiTi service 

By: Irma Venter     10th April 2024 The City of Cape Town should have battery electric buses (e-buses) operational on its MyCiTi bus service by 2027, says Urban Mobility MMC Rob Quintas. It will be the city’s second stab at rolling out the zero-emission technology, following an unsuccessful attempt as an early adopter in 2018. 

Image of a MyCiTi station

Zero Carbon Charge says it will build 120 off-grid e-truck charging sites

By: Irma Venter     9th April 2024 Electric vehicle charging startup, Zero Carbon Charge, has launched a new subsidiary, Zero Carbon Logistics, which it says will roll out 120 off-grid solar photovoltaic (PV) electric truck charging sites on national highways across South Africa. According to Zero Carbon Charge, the project will... 

Generic pic of truck charging

DP World wins big as bpSA outsources its secondary transport ops

By: Irma Venter     4th April 2024 DP World will take over bp Southern Africa’s (bpSA’s) Cape Town, Johannesburg, Pretoria and Rustenburg logistics operations as the energy group has opted to outsource its secondary transport. In another deal, Makwande Supply & Distribution – a beneficiary of bpSA’s enterprise development... 

Image of bpSA CEO Taelo Mojapelo
Taelo Mojapelo

New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March

By: Irma Venter     3rd April 2024 New-vehicle sales plummeted by 11.7% in March, to 44 235 units, compared with the same month last year. Sales for the first quarter of the year are now 5.3% below the same period last year. 

New-vehicle sales plummet 11.7% in March

China’s LDV launches in the local bakkie, commercial vehicle market

By: Irma Venter     26th March 2024 LDV is the latest automotive brand from China to enter South Africa, with the Asian country seemingly intensifying its efforts to become the world’s new automotive powerhouse. LDV forms part of SAIC, which is the vehicle partner to General Motors and Volkswagen in China. It is also the... 

Image of the T60 bakkie from LDV
The T60 bakkie

Cape Town’s MyCiTi Spine Road depot construction 65% complete

By: Irma Venter     20th March 2024 The City of Cape Town (CoCT) says construction work on two new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain, is now 65% complete. City officials add that the bus transit project is on track to be concluded by May next year. Construction... 

Image of the new MyCiTi depots, located on the corner of Spine Road and Mew Way between Khayelitsha and Mitchells Plain

Toyota, Ford and VW come out tops in 2023 AutoTrader report 

By: Irma Venter     15th March 2024 In 2023, Toyota took top position as South Africa’s most sold used-car brand with 60 296 units changing hands, while the Ford Ranger reigned supreme as the country's most sold used model, at 20 156 units. This is according to the 2023 AutoTrader Car Industry Report, released this week. 

Toyota, Ford and VW come out tops in 2023 AutoTrader report

Company invests in driver, vehicle management systems 

By: Halima Frost     15th March 2024 Specialist transport group Unitrans continues to invest heavily in various event-based in-vehicle management systems (IVMS) to ensure the safety of its drivers, fleet and cargo in its chemical and petrochemicals bulk transport supply chain businesses. “Owing to the significant volatility of its... 

A unitrans tanker at a depot in the setting sun
Unitrans chemicals and explosives transport head Bryce Varner and Unitrans business development: petroleum head Ray Singh discuss compliance and its fleet. Camerawork: Halima Frost. Editing: Nicholas Boyd. Recorded: 21.02.2024

'Asian brothers' coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss

By: Irma Venter     8th March 2024 Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months towards the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement at the end of February, the CEO of the parts and vehicle importer and retailer, Osman Arbee,... 

New-vehicle sales down 0.9%, exports jump by 27.5%

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2024 Total domestic new-vehicle sales in February declined by 0.9%, to 44 749 units, compared with the same month last year, says Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council. The new-passenger-car market dropped by 3.1%, to reach 28 857 units. 

Image of a BMW iX3

Delay announced in Fuso, Hino merger

By: Irma Venter     1st March 2024 Daimler Truck, Mitsubishi Fuso Truck and Bus Corporation (MFTBC), Hino Motors and Toyota Motor Corporation have announced a delay in their intent to merge MFTBC and Hino. Toyota owns Hino, while Daimler Truck owns MFTBC. 

Delay announced in Fuso, Hino merger

Hino wraps up order for 33 mobile offices for Home Affairs

By: Irma Venter     29th February 2024 Hino South Africa (SA) has completed an order for 33 mobile offices for the KwaZulu-Natal (KZN) Department of Home Affairs. The fully equipped mobile offices will service some of KZN’s most remote rural areas. 

Image of one of the Home Affairs mobile offices

Pay-per-load electric truck group to roll out next-gen vehicle in March

By: Irma Venter     28th February 2024 Pay-per-load trucking company OX Delivers will start building the third generation OX4 electric truck in March, with knock-down kit delivery for assembly in local markets to follow. “Based on learnings in the field and customer feedback, the OX4 is our most advanced truck to date and features a... 

Image of an Ox Delivers truck
OX Delivers' electric trucks operate in Rwanda

Lhyfe seeking approval for planned 20 MW green hydrogen plant in the UK

By: Schalk Burger     28th February 2024 Green hydrogen development company Lhyfe is planning to build, if plans are approved, a 20 MW green hydrogen production facility in Wallsend, North Tyneside, in the UK. The proposed facility will be capable of producing up to 8 t of green hydrogen a day. 

The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility
Photo by Shepherd Offshore
The site of the proposed green hydrogen production facility

‘Asian brothers’ coming to SA 'with a force', says Motus boss 

By: Irma Venter     27th February 2024 Motus’ stable of imported vehicle brands – Hyundai, Kia, Renault and Mitsubishi – all experienced a tough six months at the end of last year. Speaking at the company’s financial results announcement on Tuesday, the CEO of the parts and vehicle importer, retailer and distributor, Osman Arbee, said... 

Image of Motus CEO Osman Arbee
Osman Arbee

Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa

By: Irma Venter     26th February 2024 Stellantis, in partnership with Paris-based bank Société Générale and vehicle distributor Caetano Squadra Africa, have signed a collaboration agreement aimed at facilitating the sale and financing of Stellantis vehicle sales in Africa. Under this agreement, the parties undertake to work closely... 

Stellantis, Société Générale, Caetano Squadra Africa sign agreement on vehicle sales, financing in Africa

Vehicle crime ramped up towards end of last year, says Tracker

By: Irma Venter     23rd February 2024 Tracker’s vehicle crime statistics for July to December last year show an increase in vehicle crime, with a peak in November. Data from the asset tracking company also shows that a business-owned vehicle is 56% more likely to be subjected to vehicle crime than a personal vehicle. 

Auto industry pleased with EV allocation, but more will be needed – Naamsa 

By: Irma Venter     22nd February 2024 Naamsa | The Automotive Business Council has welcomed the announcementby Finance Minister Enoch Godongwana in his Budget Speech on Wednesday that government will offer financial support for the local automotive industry to expand from the production of internal combustion engine (ICE) vehicles to... 

Image of the Ford Ranger plant in Pretoria

Cape Town’s Mayco recommends extending the N2 Express MyCiTi bus service contract

By: Irma Venter     21st February 2024 Cape Town’s Mayoral Committee has recommended that the city extends the operating contract of the N2 Express bus service for another two years, until June 30, 2026.  This is to allow for the continuation of the bus service between Mitchells Plain, Khayelitsha and the Civic Centre station, until... 

Image of the MyCiti bus stop

Tata launches new range of smart trucks in South Africa

By: Schalk Burger     16th February 2024 Multinational automobile manufacturer Tata Motors, through its authorised distributor Tata Africa, has announced the commercial launch of its range of multipurpose heavy-duty trucks, namely the Ultra T.9 and Ultra T.14, in South Africa. The trucks are designed to fulfil the rising need for safer,... 

The Ultra T.14
The Ultra T.14

Fuel price hike will impact consumers and the road freight industry – RFA

By: Irma Venter     16th February 2024 Fuel is rapidly crossing the 50% mark as a share of daily road transport operating costs, depending on the type of transport operation, with rising costs likely to be passed on to the consumer, says Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly. He says there are “dire forecasts” of large fuel... 

Image of Road Freight Association (RFA) CEO Gavin Kelly.
Gavin Kelly
1
2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
RSS Feed

About

Engineering News is a product of Creamer Media.
www.creamermedia.co.za

Other Creamer Media Products include:
Mining Weekly
Research Channel Africa
Polity

Read more

Subscriptions

We offer a variety of subscriptions to our Magazine, Website, PDF Reports and our photo library.

Subscriptions are available via the Creamer Media Store.

View store

Advertise

Advertising on Engineering News is an effective way to build and consolidate a company's profile among clients and prospective clients. Email advertising@creamermedia.co.za

View options
Subscribe Now
Free daily email newsletter Register Now