World's largest electric vehicle brand extends footprint in SA


History will soon be made in the Eastern Cape when the first all-electric vehicle brand launches in the province.

The introduction of Chinese automaker BYD (Build Your Dreams) on December 1 marks another milestone in South Africa’s transition to EVs, with the Eastern Cape becoming the third province to offer the new energy vehicles after Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal.

BYD is the world’s leading manufacturer of EVs, surpassing one-million sales last year. It enjoys a presence in 70 countries and 400 cities globally.

These vehicles will be sold by the Kelston Motor Group, starting at premises off Buffelsfontein Road in Gqeberha before branching out to other parts of the province.

The agreement was concluded after a series of physical and online meetings between the directors of the two firms in recent months.

In addition to cutting down on carbon emissions, one of the big selling points for South Africans is that the vehicles are capable of powering portions of the home thanks to vehicle-to-load (VTOL) charging – ideal in countering the effects of loadshedding.

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Honda leaves F1

By Graham Duxbury @TheRealDux


On this day in 1992, the  Australian Grand Prix was held in Adelaide. It was the sixteenth and final race of the ’92 season which had seen Nigel Mansell win the title for Williams and then announce his move to IndyCars for ’93.

The 81-lap race was won by Gerhard Berger in a McLaren Honda by 0.7 seconds from Michael Schumacher’s Benetton Ford with Schumacher's teammate, Martin Brundle, third. 

Mansell, staring from pole, led until he clashed with Ayrton Senna’s McLaren. Both were unable to continue.

The Australian GP represented McLaren's final race using Honda engines until 2015. Honda ceased its full factory involvement in the sport following this race, although the Mugen arm of the company continued. 

The race was also the last F1 GP for Jan Lammers, Stefano Modena, Mauricio Gugelmin and Olivier Grouillard.

It also proved to be the last for the March team.

Photocredit: Motorsport Images


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