SA Taxi owner, Transaction Capital chief executive Terry Kier says the company plans to test electric taxis in South Africa as part of a possible long-term shift to cleaner energies but that there are several longstanding issues that will need to be addressed before a full switch from traditional vehicles can be made. BusinessTech quotes Keir as saying that the tax regime and incentives for electric vehicles are not yet conducive for import, explaining that “an electric taxi will cost around double that of a locally manufactured diesel minibus taxi as things stand” but that the government is currently reviewing excise duties on these vehicles, which should reduce import costs in time. As heavier vehicles, due to the weight of batteries, electric taxis also require different towing infrastructure, while “there is an additional weight consideration for road infrastructure itself, [and] batteries also reduce the number of passengers compared to traditional minibus taxis”.
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