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<strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong><br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>2023</strong> Volume 5 <strong>issue</strong> no. 29<br />

The Future of EVs<br />

Evolution of the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry and Electrification Beyond Cars<br />

In this <strong>issue</strong>......<br />

The Importance of<br />

Quality When Repairing<br />

MOMENTUM: The Leader in<br />

Financing Motor Vehicle-Related<br />

Transactions Across <strong>Africa</strong>...<br />

Generative AI’s Impact on<br />

the Automobile Industry‘s<br />

Engine Parts... Pg 34 Transactions Across <strong>Africa</strong>... Pg 10<br />

Future... Pg 14

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In this <strong>issue</strong>, we look<br />

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The Evolution of the<br />

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Lisa Brown<br />

Sean Masangwanyi<br />

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Nigeria<br />

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Uche Maxwel<br />


The Future of EVs: Evolution of the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry and<br />

Electrification Beyond Cars<br />


MOMENTUM: The Leader in Financing<br />

Motor Vehicle-Related Transactions Across <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Innovative Technologies for the Transport Sector<br />

Generative AI’s Impact on the Automobile Industry‘s Future<br />

Using 5G to Optimise Vehicle Manufacturing<br />

The Importance of Quality When Repairing Engine Parts<br />

Bending Machines: A guide to Exhaust Pipe Benders: Types,<br />

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<strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong> 3

News<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Shekel Mobility Raises $7 Million in Funding to Drive<br />

Auto Dealerships in <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Shekel Mobility, an <strong>Africa</strong>n B2B<br />

marketplace for auto dealers<br />

is pleased to announce<br />

that they have successfully<br />

secured US$7 million in their recent<br />

funding round, marking a significant<br />

milestone in the B2B Marketplace<br />

for auto dealers in <strong>Africa</strong>. This<br />

achievement not only solidifies<br />

their growth and market standing<br />

but also attests to the confidence of<br />

influential investors.<br />

“Our funding round, led by MaC<br />

Venture Capital and Ventures<br />

Platform and in collaboration with<br />

Y Combinator brought together a<br />

diverse group of equity investors,<br />

including Rebel Fund, Unpopular<br />

Ventures, Maiora Capital, PageOne<br />

Lab Inc., Phoenix Investment Club,<br />

Heirloom VC, Pioneer Ventures, AVCF<br />

5, XYZ Ventures, Vastly Valuable<br />

Ventures, Haleakala Ventures Seed<br />

I, Hi2global, Syntax Ventures and<br />

other angel investors,” says Shekel<br />

Mobility in a statement.<br />

Facilitating transactions<br />

exceeding $56 million, their B2B<br />

marketplace has empowered over<br />

1,300 auto dealers to augment<br />

their inventories and triple their<br />

sales.<br />

They have positioned themselves as<br />

a transformative force in the <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

automotive market. This infusion<br />

of $7 million in fresh funding is<br />

poised to enhance their financial<br />

services, expand into new markets,<br />

and sustain their impressive growth<br />

trajectory.<br />

The co-founders, Sanmi Olukanmi<br />

and Benjamen Oladokun, share a<br />

Image: Shekel Mobility<br />

steadfast commitment to address<br />

the challenges faced by auto dealers,<br />

empowering them to discover,<br />

finance, and trade used cars.<br />

Thereby aligning with the vision for<br />

streamlined solutions in an industry<br />

projected to reach $30 billion. It is<br />

for this mission that Shekel Credit<br />

and Shekel Business have been<br />

birthed.<br />

Fixit45 Secures $1.9m in Pre-Seed Funding for Expansion in<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>’s <strong>Automotive</strong> Aftermarket<br />

L-R COO & CoFounder, Fixit45 Pankaj Bohhra_ Vice<br />

President Commercial, Fixit45 Chioma Ahueze-<br />

Okechukwu and CFO & CoFounder, Fixit45 Goodluck<br />

Ikporo. Image: Courtesy<br />

Fixit45, a leader in the <strong>Africa</strong>’s<br />

automotive technology<br />

aftermarket sector, has<br />

announced it has secured<br />

US$1.9 million in equity and working<br />

capital in a pre-seed funding round.<br />

The round was led by Launch <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Ventures, <strong>Africa</strong>’s most active VC<br />

investment firm, with participation<br />

from prominent investors such as<br />

Soumobroto Ganguly and Dave<br />

Delucia, along with a diverse group<br />

of angel investors.<br />

The company is now poised to<br />

expand its footprint and influence in<br />

the <strong>Africa</strong>n automotive aftermarket<br />

industry.<br />

Founded by Pankaj Bohhra, Chioma<br />

Ahueze- Okochukwu and Goodluck<br />

Ikporo, Fixit45 empowers vehicle<br />

owners to engage with various<br />

participants in the aftermarket<br />

ecosystem, encompassing an<br />

extensive array of automotive service<br />

providers, expert technical teams,<br />

suppliers of spare parts, and endusers<br />

The company is committed to<br />

revolutionizing the automotive<br />

aftermarket sector in <strong>Africa</strong>, and<br />

this capital infusion is a pivotal<br />

step toward achieving its expansion<br />

objectives. The funds will be<br />

strategically allocated to support<br />

the company’s automotive repair<br />

business while intensifying efforts in<br />

spare parts distribution through its<br />

innovative online-to-offline platform,<br />

xparts.africa.<br />

Additionally, Fixit45 is gearing up for<br />

market entry into East <strong>Africa</strong>, with a<br />

primary focus on Kenya and Uganda.<br />

“This funding represents a pivotal<br />

moment for Fixit45. We are<br />

profoundly grateful to our investors<br />

for their faith in our vision and<br />

our unwavering commitment<br />

to revolutionizing the <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

automotive aftermarket sector. With<br />

this capital infusion, we are wellpositioned<br />

to advance towards our<br />

expansion objectives,” says Pankaj<br />

Bohhra, Co-founder & COO of<br />

Fixit45.<br />

4 <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong>

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

News<br />

Mecho Autotech Accelerates <strong>Automotive</strong> Revolution with<br />

$2.4 Million Pre-Series A Funding<br />

As Nigeria’s pioneering<br />

automotive technology<br />

platform, Mecho Autotech<br />

are thrilled to announce a<br />

monumental leap forward in their<br />

mission to transform the automotive<br />

aftermarket industry.They are<br />

delighted to share that they have<br />

successfully secured US$2.4 million<br />

in a pre-Series A funding round,<br />

ushering in a new era of innovation<br />

and accessibility in the automotive<br />

sector.<br />

At Mecho Autotech, they have always<br />

been dedicated to revolutionizing<br />

the automotive after-sales sector<br />

in Nigeria. With over 12 million<br />

registered vehicles, and a staggering<br />

90% of them being imported and<br />

pre-owned, they recognized the<br />

pressing need for change. Their<br />

commitment to improving vehicle<br />

Godwin Asuelimen, Chief Growth Officer and Olusegun Owoade, Founder. Image: Mecho Autotech<br />

maintenance culture led them to<br />

establish Mecho Autotech in April<br />

2021. Since then, they have been<br />

tirelessly working to bridge the gaps<br />

in the fragmented and informal<br />

aftermarket spare parts supply chain.<br />

Their recent funding round was<br />

made possible through the generous<br />

participation of esteemed investors<br />

who share their vision. Global Brain<br />

Corporation, Ventures Platform, and<br />

Uncovered Fund have joined forces<br />

with them on this transformative<br />

journey.<br />

GoMetro secures £9 Million funding from Zenobē,<br />

FutureGrowth and existing investors<br />

GoMetro, South <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

technology firm focusing<br />

on fleet management, has<br />

successfully secured a £9<br />

million Series A funding round.<br />

The round was led by new investor<br />

Zenobē, with significant participation<br />

by FutureGrowth Asset Managers.<br />

Following-on in the Series A round<br />

were existing investors 4 Decades<br />

Capital, Hlayisani Capital, Tritech<br />

Image: GoMetro<br />

Global, Kalon Venture Partners,<br />

ESquared Ventures and Greg Fury.<br />

The infusion of capital will serve<br />

as a catalyst for GoMetro’s mission<br />

to digitise heavy duty commercial<br />

transport operations and further<br />

develop its state-of-the-art fleet<br />

management platform in its key<br />

markets of the United Kingdom, EU,<br />

USA and South <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

The risk of losing market share<br />

to competitors who are rapidly<br />

adopting technology solutions can<br />

be minimised Fleet owners operate<br />

in a highly competitive space in both<br />

the bus and truck sector. The risk of<br />

losing market share to competitors<br />

who are rapidly adopting technology<br />

solutions can be minimised if<br />

fleet operators can position their<br />

operations for growth and stay<br />

competitive in the ever-changing<br />

market.<br />

“Embracing data-driven decisionmaking<br />

systems that empower<br />

operators to better manage fleet<br />

utilisation, optimise resources,<br />

reduce risk and enhance customer<br />

satisfaction can be a real<br />

competitive edge that catapults<br />

transport companies beyond the<br />

reach of their competitors,” states<br />

GoMetro founder, Justin Coetzee.<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong> 5

News<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Changan Enters Kenyan Auto Market<br />

Changan, a Chinese<br />

automotive brand has been<br />

launched in the Kenyan<br />

automotive market and will<br />

be distributed by Inchcape Kenya.<br />

Sylvia Agani, the regional sales<br />

manager of Changan <strong>Automotive</strong>,<br />

said at a briefing during the launch<br />

that the Chinese vehicles have been<br />

tailored for local clients who value<br />

quality brands that provide superior<br />

driving experience.<br />

“Kenyans will now be able to<br />

purchase Changan’s passenger and<br />

light commercial models that offer<br />

modern car technology coupled with<br />

advanced safety systems at a very<br />

competitive price point,” Agani said.<br />

According to Agani, six models<br />

in Changan’s innovative range of<br />

vehicles including the Oshan sport<br />

utility vehicle, Alsvin sedan, Hunter<br />

pickup, Star 5 minivan, and Star 5<br />

mini truck single and double cabin<br />

Sylvia Agani, the Regional Sales Manager for Changan Auto (left) and Julia Vershinskaya, Managing<br />

Director Inchcape Kenya pose with the Oshan X7 Image: Inchcape Kenya<br />

will now be available in the Kenyan<br />

market.<br />

Julia Vershinskaya, the Managing<br />

Director of Inchcape Kenya, said<br />

that Changan <strong>Automotive</strong> is an ideal<br />

partner because its cars are suited<br />

to local conditions and has already<br />

established a presence in other<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>n markets such as Angola,<br />

Egypt, Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and<br />

Ghana.<br />

Vershinskaya added that, the<br />

cooperation with Changan<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> will enable more<br />

Kenyans to have access to Chinese<br />

motor vehicles that offer value for<br />

money.<br />

Stellantis to Invest $160 Million in South <strong>Africa</strong> Auto Factory<br />

Stellantis NV has plans to<br />

develop a new vehicle<br />

manufacturing facility<br />

in South <strong>Africa</strong> with the<br />

country’s Industrial Development<br />

Corp. and the Department of<br />

Trade, Industry and Competition.<br />

This development will require an<br />

investment of US$160 million.<br />

Image: Stellantis<br />

6 <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Stellantis brands such as Alfa<br />

Romeo, Chrysler and Jeep<br />

first signed a memorandum of<br />

understanding with South <strong>Africa</strong>’s<br />

government in March. The project<br />

was finalized at a meeting attended<br />

by Stellantis Middle East and <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Chief Operating Officer Samir<br />

Cherfan, Trade and Industry Minister<br />

Ebrahim Patel and IDC officials,<br />

the trade department said in a<br />

statement.<br />

The factory will be built in a special<br />

economic zone near the ports of<br />

Ngqura and Port Elizabeth in the<br />

Eastern Cape province, where<br />

Mercedes-Benz, Volkswagen AG,<br />

Ford Motor Co. have plants. The<br />

Stellantis facility is planned to be<br />

completed by the end of 2024 and<br />

could produce as many as 90,000<br />

units a year, the department said.<br />

Supported by government<br />

incentives, the automotive industry<br />

accounted for 4.9% of South<br />

<strong>Africa</strong>’s gross domestic product and<br />

12.4% of exports last year, with<br />

manufacturers directly employing<br />

about 110,000 people, data from the<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Business Council show.

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

News<br />

Kenya and Japan Strike Deal on Key Motor Areas<br />

Kenya has signed a deal<br />

with the Toyota Tsusho<br />

Corporation that will enable<br />

the Japanese company to<br />

provide funding for the Thika based<br />

Kenya Vehicle Manufacturers (KVM).<br />

The agreement was made during<br />

the recently concluded G7 Session<br />

of Trade Ministers held in Osaka,<br />

Japan, with the aim of reviving<br />

the struggling company, although<br />

specific details about Toyota’s<br />

investment and the amount involved<br />

have not been disclosed.<br />

The Kenyan delegation, led by<br />

Investments and Trade Cabinet<br />

Secretary Rebecca Miano, included<br />

Industry Principal Secretary Dr<br />

Juma Mukhwana and Kenya’s<br />

ambassador to Japan, Tabu Irina,<br />

while the Japanese delegation<br />

included Toyota Tsusho Corporation’s<br />

president and CEO, Ichiro Kashitani,<br />

and Kashumasa Kimura, the COO of<br />

Trade Cabinet Secretary Rebecca Miano and Japan Trade Minister Yasutoshi Nishimura when they held<br />

bilateral talks in Osaka City in Japan on <strong>October</strong> 29, <strong>2023</strong>. [Courtesy: Ministry of Trade]<br />

Toyota Tsusho <strong>Africa</strong> Division New<br />

Business Development.<br />

The Ministry stated that the<br />

decision to involve Toyota Tsusho in<br />

saving the company from collapse<br />

was made due to the financial<br />

difficulties faced by the local<br />

automotive assembling facility. The<br />

National Treasury holds the largest<br />

stake in the Thika-based vehicle<br />

manufacturer, with a 35 percent<br />

ownership, while CMC Motors and<br />

DT Dobie each have a 32.5 percent<br />

stake.<br />

Autotronix accolade best <strong>Automotive</strong> Security Solutions award<br />

Autotronix Telematics<br />

Limited, a 360-degree<br />

automotive security<br />

solutions provider has<br />

won the Best <strong>Automotive</strong> Security<br />

Solutions Provider <strong>2023</strong> award at<br />

the annual <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry<br />

Awards gala held in Nairobi.<br />

The award, previously known as<br />

the <strong>Automotive</strong> Sector Excellence<br />

Awards recognizes and celebrates<br />

the key players in various realms<br />

of the automotive sector who have<br />

over the years achieved outstanding<br />

results in their niche and have<br />

positively impacted the lives of their<br />

clients.<br />

According to Knoema, a data<br />

platform, private car theft rate<br />

fluctuated substantially in recent<br />

years.<br />

It decreased through the 2005 –<br />

2020 period ending at 0.6 cases<br />

per 100,000 population in 2020, an<br />

indication of the need for adoption<br />

of automotive security solutions for<br />

enhanced security.<br />

Speaking during the event, Martin<br />

Mugo, CEO and founder of Autotronix<br />

Telematics Limited noted that the<br />

automotive security industry in<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

Kenya is robust and that businesses<br />

operating in this sector need to<br />

leverage technology and readily<br />

available information to provide<br />

solutions that ensure Kenyans are<br />

safe while running their businesses<br />

and daily activities using their<br />

vehicles.<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong> 7

News<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Shanghai <strong>Automotive</strong> launches logistics EVs in South <strong>Africa</strong><br />

One of the world’s top<br />

five electric vehicle (EV)<br />

manufacturers, Shanghai<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Industrial<br />

Corporation (SAIC), has appointed a<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong>n dealer and distributor<br />

to market and sell its commercial<br />

EVs. The newly formed green<br />

mobility business, to be called<br />

MAXUS Electric Vehicles, is among<br />

the country’s first distributors to<br />

focus exclusively on the EV market.<br />

MAXUS Electric Vehicles will offer<br />

urban logistics fleets access to EVs<br />

that help them to reduce total cost<br />

of ownership and make significant<br />

progress towards their net-zero<br />

goals. Early customers in South<br />

<strong>Africa</strong> such as Woolworths and<br />

DSV, working with MAXUS’ leasing<br />

partner Everlectric, have already<br />

zoomed past 1 000,000km while<br />

saving over 220,000kg of harmful<br />

carbon emissions.<br />

Proof of concepts with MAXUS<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

vehicles show that each EV on<br />

the road saves more than a tonne<br />

of carbon emissions each month.<br />

Operating costs are attractive<br />

compared to ICE vehicles, at<br />

around 40 c/km to run a MAXUS<br />

EV compared to around R2/km<br />

for a combustion engine. The low<br />

maintenance nature of EVs helps to<br />

improve asset utilisation, delivering<br />

further efficiencies.<br />

“With environmental and<br />

sustainability concerns rising up the<br />

corporate agenda and the growing<br />

operational efficiencies of EVs,<br />

there is a compelling business case<br />

for decarbonising urban logistics<br />

fleets,“ said Ndia Magadagela, CEO<br />

at MAXUS Electric Vehicles. “We are<br />

excited to partner with a leading EV<br />

manufacturer to offer South <strong>Africa</strong>n<br />

companies access to commercial EVs<br />

that enable them to simultaneously<br />

reduce CO2 emissions and harvest<br />

cost savings.”<br />

Ezz Elsewedy <strong>Automotive</strong> to assemble Proton Cars in Egypt<br />

with investments exceeding $15 million and a production<br />

capacity of 50,000 cars<br />

Dr. Mostafa Madbouly,<br />

Prime Minister, witnessed<br />

the signing of the<br />

framework agreement<br />

between the Egyptian government<br />

and Ezz Elsewedy <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

Factories ESAF. This is in line with<br />

the objectives of the national<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Industry Development<br />

Program (AIDP) in Egypt and the<br />

government’s plan to localize the<br />

automotive industry in Egypt.<br />

The agreement was signed<br />

by the General Authority for<br />

Investment and Free Zones,<br />

the Environmentally Friendly<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Industry Finance Fund,<br />

and the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry Unit<br />

of the Ministry of Commerce and<br />

Industry, representing the Egyptian<br />

government. It was also countersigned<br />

by Mr. Abdel Rahman Sultan,<br />

CEO of Ezz Elsewedy <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

Factories Company ESAF, in the<br />

presence of Eng. Hisham Ezz Elarab,<br />

Chairman of ESAF, his Excellency<br />

Mr. Ambassador Zamani Bin Ismail,<br />

Ambassador of Malaysia to Egypt,<br />

and Eng.Sameh Ali, Chief Operating<br />

Officer of the company.<br />

In line with the government’s<br />

policies related to automotive<br />

industry localization in Egypt,<br />

and our belief in the future of the<br />

automotive industry in light of the<br />

attractive investment climate for<br />

major international companies,<br />

we are about to announce the<br />

largest partnership in this field. The<br />

efforts and expertise of the largest<br />

company in the automotive sector<br />

(namely, Ezz Elarab) and the largest<br />

The agreement was signed by the General Authority<br />

for Investment and Free Zones, the Environmentally<br />

Friendly <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry Finance Fund, and<br />

the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry Unit of the Ministry of<br />

Commerce and Industry, representing the Egyptian<br />

government. Image: Ezz Elsewedy <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

company in the manufacturing field<br />

(namely, Elsewedy Capital) have<br />

combined to form a major industrial<br />

partnership that will attract many<br />

automotive brands, spare parts,<br />

re-export, and wholesale. This huge<br />

entity in the world of automotive<br />

industry is based on three main<br />

pillars: Quality Never Compromised;<br />

Export; and Electric Vehicles.<br />

8 <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong> News l <strong>2023</strong>

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

News<br />

Huawei is pushing its tech into the EV world with new cars,<br />

automaker partnerships<br />

Chinese telecommunications<br />

and smartphone giant<br />

Huawei is doubling down<br />

on selling its tech in the<br />

competitive electric car market.<br />

The company has emphasized it<br />

doesn’t manufacture cars. Instead,<br />

it sells tech components such as<br />

its Harmony OS operating system<br />

and driver-assist product, or works<br />

with automakers to create new EV<br />

brands.<br />

Huawei on Tuesday confirmed it is<br />

working with at least four traditional<br />

automakers in China on new car<br />

brands, after news over the weekend<br />

of a joint venture with Changan<br />

Automobile for car technology.<br />

Changan and Huawei are already<br />

partners for the Avatr electric car<br />

brand, created in 2018 with electric<br />

car battery giant Contemporary<br />

Amperex Technology. Avatr’s SUV<br />

and sedan each sell for slightly more<br />

than the equivalent of $42,000.<br />

Huawei is also working with Chery<br />

on the Luxeed electric car brand,<br />

which revealed details for its S7.<br />

Chinese automakers with products<br />

“lacking in the tech necessary to<br />

compete seem more than happy to<br />

use Huawei’s [tech] to fill the voids,”<br />

said Tu Le, founder of Beijing-based<br />

advisory firm Sino Auto Insights.<br />

Detroit opens First wireless charging road<br />

The Michigan Transportation<br />

Department and city of<br />

Detroit have opened the<br />

first wireless charging road<br />

on 14th Street between Marantette<br />

and Dalzelle streets near Michigan<br />

Central Station. The road is<br />

equipped with inductive-charging<br />

coils from Israel-based Electreon<br />

Wireless Ltd. to test the technology’s<br />

efficiency and potential for public<br />

transportation opportunities. Only<br />

EVs equipped with a special receiver<br />

can be charged from it.<br />

The Copper inductive charging<br />

coils allow vehicles equipped with<br />

receivers to charge up their batteries<br />

while driving, idling or parking<br />

above the coils.<br />

The quarter-mile segment of 14th<br />

Street will be used to test and<br />

perfect the technology ahead of<br />

making it available to the public<br />

A Ford electric vehicle is shown travelling on an electrified road to charge it. (Electreon)<br />

within a few years, according<br />

to the Michigan Department of<br />

Transportation.<br />

The Michigan Transportation<br />

Department and city of Detroit have<br />

opened the first wireless charging<br />

road on 14th Street between<br />

Marantette and Dalzelle streets near<br />

Michigan Central Station. The road<br />

is equipped with inductive-charging<br />

coils from Israel-based Electreon<br />

Wireless Ltd. to test the technology’s<br />

efficiency and potential for public<br />

transportation opportunities. Only<br />

EVs equipped with a special receiver<br />

can be charged from it.<br />

The Copper inductive charging<br />

coils allow vehicles equipped with<br />

receivers to charge up their batteries<br />

while driving, idling or parking<br />

above the coils.<br />

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Interview<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

MOMENTUM: The Leader in<br />

Financing Motor Vehicle-Related<br />

Transactions Across <strong>Africa</strong><br />

Expanding Your Possibilities<br />

By Dorcas Kang’ereha<br />

Founded in March 2017 with the purposeful<br />

intent to meet an overwhelming market need<br />

of providing working capital solutions to<br />

Individuals and SMEs, MOMENTUM’s mission<br />

has since evolved to become the leader in financing<br />

motor vehicle-related transactions across <strong>Africa</strong>. They<br />

deliver against this mission by unlocking collateral held<br />

in their client’s motor vehicles – without needing to<br />

liquidate their asset.<br />

In an exclusive interview with <strong>Africa</strong> <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

magazine, Kawira Irambu – Brand and Strategy Manager<br />

at MOMENTUM tells us more on how you can unlock<br />

your financial potential, keep the momentum and<br />

expand your possibilities!<br />

AA: What are your major product solutions?<br />

KI: Our solutions include; Motor import financing, a<br />

revolving credit facility secured by the motor vehicle<br />

asset, affordable insurance premium payment, keyto-key<br />

motor vehicle trade-in & automotive repairs<br />

financing.<br />

AA: What industry do you serve and how long have you<br />

been serving?<br />

KI: We are in the structured non-bank lending space –<br />

with a key focus on Motor Vehicle related financing at<br />

the moment.<br />

AA: What is the inspiration behind the formation of<br />

Momentum?<br />

‘<br />

Owning a motor vehicle comes with<br />

increased financial & expertise demands<br />

– we work really hard to ensure<br />

we deliver against these two key<br />

expectations from our clients.<br />

~ Kawira Irambu<br />

Kawira Irambu – Brand and Strategy Manager at MOMENTUM LTD.<br />

Image courtesy MOMENTUM<br />

KI: To meet an overwhelming market need for structured<br />

working capital solutions to individuals and Small<br />

Medium Enterprises (SMES).<br />

AA: What do you believe to have been your biggest<br />

business success over the years?<br />

KI: Our ability to respond to our clients’ evolving needs<br />

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Auto Financing<br />

has resulted in informed product innovation supporting<br />

our business growth over the years. This clientcentric<br />

approach implies we consistently make further<br />

improvements to our processes and people – in effect<br />

improving our client’s experiences.<br />

AA: What makes you the best auto solutions provider in<br />

the market?<br />

KI: Focus – we understand the automotive industry endto-end.<br />

Owning a motor vehicle comes with increased<br />

financial & expertise demands – we work really hard to<br />

ensure we deliver against these two key expectations<br />

from our clients.<br />

AA: How would you create a broader awareness about<br />

the benefits of using your products solution?<br />

KI: It starts with having a compelling value proposition<br />

that addresses client pain points (existing and evolving)<br />

Beyond this, we ensure we deliver against promises<br />

made to our existing client base to support loyalty and<br />

word of mouth referrals.<br />

AA: What values do you uphold in the delivery of your<br />

solution?<br />

KI: Upfront: We ensure the information we share with<br />

our clients is timely, conclusive & accurate.<br />

MOMENTUM Staff. Image courtesy MOMENTUM<br />

AA: How would you describe Kenya’s auto credit and<br />

financing market?<br />

KI: Exceptionally fragmented; we have over 30<br />

microfinance institutions in this space in Kenya.<br />

AA: What direction do you see the company taking in the<br />

next ten years, if you had to guess?<br />

KI: Our actions are largely informed by our client’s cues.<br />

We’ll continue to base our solutions on our client paint<br />

points (current and evolving) as well as leverage on<br />

emerging market trends such as AI.<br />

Logbook Financing<br />

Our Solutions<br />

Ezua Chapaa<br />

Motor Import Financing<br />

Import Duty Financing<br />

Insurance Premium Financing<br />

Sharia Compliant Financing<br />

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SME Financing<br />

Contact Us<br />

0709 434 000 | cx@momentumcredit.co.ke | www.momentum.ke<br />

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Events<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

JOST wins the I-nnovation Awards <strong>2023</strong><br />

with its future-oriented KKS System<br />

At the Solutrans, the biennal trade fair for<br />

haulage and urban transport professionals<br />

taking place in Lyon, the French Bodywork<br />

Federation (FFC) honors the industry’s<br />

dynamism and vitality with the I-nnovation Awards. The<br />

award reflects the innovative projects from bodybuilders,<br />

equipment suppliers or providers of <strong>digital</strong> solutions,<br />

whose goal is to drive change in the sector.<br />

JOST wins the I-nnovation Awards <strong>2023</strong> (Gold) with its<br />

future-oriented KKS System in the Equipment Suppliers<br />

category. The KKS is a remote-control trailer hitching<br />

solution that automates the entire coupling and<br />

uncoupling process, including air, electrics, and brakes.<br />

JOST’s KKS combines efficiency, comfort, and safety<br />

on the road and for the drivers. It enables them to<br />

couple and uncouple semi-trailers via remote control<br />

without leaving the driver’s cabin, automatically, safely<br />

and quickly. The driver is guided through the entire<br />

coupling process, with sensor technology providing<br />

Wandy Seng, Sales OEM JOST France, and Frédéric Menestrot, Managing Director<br />

JOST France are honoured to receive the I-nnovation Awards. Image: JOST<br />

live information on the KKS remote control throughout<br />

every step of the process. For example, the support plate<br />

sensor indicates that the trailer plate is touching, and<br />

the position of the king pin is also monitored by sensors.<br />

Climbing out of the cabin to manually open the fifth<br />

wheel, cranking down the landing gear and manually<br />

connecting the spiral cable, air and brake connections<br />

are all a thing of the past. With 50 per cent less time<br />

for the trailer change over, effectively halving costs<br />

per journey leg and truck, the KKS radically reduces<br />

the risk of accidents while also reducing the physically<br />

demanding aspects of coupling.<br />

Receiving the I-nnovation Awards <strong>2023</strong> is a symbol for<br />

the collaboration and confidence of the JOST customers,<br />

teams, and partners in the company’s innovative<br />

products. Together, we are preparing the future of<br />

transports.<br />

Wandy Seng, Sales OEM JOST France, and Frédéric Menestrot, Managing Director<br />

JOST France are honoured to receive the I-nnovation Awards. Image: JOST<br />

“We are proud and honored to receive this award<br />

from the French Bodywork Federation”, states Frédéric<br />

Ménestrot, Managing Director JOST France.<br />

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Events<br />

Kia secures top honors in <strong>2023</strong> Golden<br />

Steering Wheel Awards<br />

The Golden Steering Wheel Awards recognize the best vehicles on the market. Image: KIA<br />

The new Kia flagship EV9 has continued its<br />

awards success with a Golden Steering Wheel<br />

<strong>2023</strong> win in the ‘Family Cars’ category. The<br />

all–electric seven–seater SUV was also named<br />

‘German Luxury Car of the Year 2024’ at the beginning of<br />

<strong>September</strong>.<br />

“It is immensely gratifying to receive the Golden<br />

Steering Wheel Award. It is a testament to the hard work<br />

and dedication of the entire Kia team,” said Karim Habib,<br />

Executive Vice President, and Head of Kia Global Design.<br />

“This latest recognition bears further testament to Kia’s<br />

determination to continue to lead the charge towards<br />

electrification, pioneering technology and innovation<br />

that redefines the automotive industry.”<br />

Launched in 1976, and presented by AUTO BILD and<br />

BILD am SONNTAG, the Golden Steering Wheel Awards<br />

combine a public vote with expert review and are<br />

recognized as the most important prize in the German<br />

automotive industry. A total of 57 new cars were<br />

nominated by the two editorial teams this year, before<br />

readers selected the 21 finalists.<br />

A prominent 19–member jury put the finalists through<br />

extensive testing at the DEKRA Lausitzring race circuit.<br />

This year, for the first time, the jury revealed the result<br />

of two tests in advance in their final assessments:<br />

DEKRA analyzed the finalists’ driver assistance systems,<br />

while the editorial team at Computer Bild evaluated the<br />

finalists’ competence in connectivity.<br />

“The Kia EV9 convinced the jury as a versatile and<br />

spacious family car with ultra–modern 800V technology,<br />

innovative features as well as excellent driver assistance<br />

systems,” commented Robin Hornig, head of AUTO BILD<br />

and editor–in–chief for the BILD Group’s automotive<br />

division. All results of the Golden Steering Wheel Awards<br />

will be published in <strong>issue</strong> 45 of AUTO BILD this year.<br />

A successive win for Kia at the <strong>2023</strong> Golden Steering<br />

Wheel Awards continues a story of success for the brand<br />

in this competition. In its current model range, Kia now<br />

has four award winners: the compact crossover XCeed<br />

took first place in 2019, the SUV Sorento won in 2020,<br />

the electric crossover Niro EV claimed the ‘Compact SUVs’<br />

category in 2022, and now the EV9 is the second Kia EV<br />

in a row to win a Golden Steering Wheel.<br />

Kia has long been a pioneer in electrification. With<br />

its 2021 realignment, the brand has accelerated the<br />

transition to EVs to solidify its position as one of the<br />

world’s leading e–mobility providers. In Germany alone,<br />

41.3% of new Kia cars in 2022 featured a plug (sales<br />

share EV and PHEV). Across the German market overall,<br />

this share accounted for 31.4% (according to KBA).<br />

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Opinion<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Generative AI’s<br />

Impact on the<br />

Automobile<br />

Industry‘s Future<br />

Thomas Mueller, vice president at Wipro Engineering - He is responsible for<br />

Wipro’s automotive engineering and innovation services, which encompass<br />

software-defined vehicles, autonomous driving, 5G, and cloud-native<br />

engineering.<br />

By Thomas Mueller<br />

When we talk about the automotive world’s<br />

hurdles, the usual suspects – sky-high<br />

interest rates, pesky inflation, supply chain<br />

hiccups and the ongoing talent hunt –<br />

always steal the spotlight. But here’s the plot twist:<br />

Electrification and softwarization are the real game<br />

changers that will shape the future of the automotive<br />

industry.<br />

Automakers have risen to the challenge, especially in<br />

the electric department. Name a model, and chances are<br />

good that a hybrid option is either available or in the<br />

works, and customers have been taking notice. In 2022,<br />

8% of all new cars purchased in the U.S. were electric.<br />

The numbers are even higher globally, with electric<br />

models making up 14% of new-car sales in 2022.<br />

Softwarization has been a hurdle because of how<br />

automakers view themselves. Legacy automakers have a<br />

rich history of innovating hardware. But software – and<br />

its use instead of traditional hardware to perform a given<br />

function – isn’t necessarily in their DNA. The learning<br />

curve with software implementation and monetization is<br />

steep.<br />

Luckily, more automakers have been up to the task.<br />

Artificial intelligence already is used in design and<br />

planning. The same can be said for production, driver<br />

assistance, warranty management, risk assessment and<br />

Already used in design and<br />

planning, Generative AI also<br />

can facilitate improvements in<br />

production, driver assistance,<br />

customer service and more<br />

customer service, to name only a few. In fact, the amount<br />

of money auto manufacturers have been sinking into AI<br />

is expected to grow at a compound annual growth rate<br />

of 22.7% from <strong>2023</strong> to 2030.<br />

Deploying Generative AI at Scale<br />

At least some of these funds will have been earmarked<br />

for exploring generative AI. It’s already proven to drive<br />

productivity, nurture creativity, enhance decision-making<br />

and deliver new business for nearly every industry,<br />

including automotive. Tesla uses AI at fleet scale to<br />

increase the rate of innovations. In June, the company<br />

announced plans to use state-of-the-art generative<br />

modeling techniques across multiple camera views to<br />

predict possible outcomes.<br />

Tesla isn’t alone in its efforts. In China, passenger<br />

vehicles equipped with combined driver assistance<br />

accounted for 42.4% of all passenger vehicle sales in<br />

the first half of <strong>2023</strong>. More importantly, the country’s<br />

automakers have been applying AI foundation models<br />

to correct many <strong>issue</strong>s with autonomous driving,<br />

and they’ve made a great deal of headway. As of this<br />

past June, Chinese tech company Baidu’s Apollo Go<br />

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Opinion<br />

It’s like missing out on a treasure trove of information<br />

that could supercharge innovation and speed up new<br />

features while keeping risks low.<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

autonomous-vehicle fleet had supplied more than 3.3<br />

million services to the public.<br />

The potential of generative AI isn’t lost on China, and<br />

Chinese automakers are poised to take the technology<br />

further and faster than the competition. Most, if not<br />

all, operating in the space have the technology base<br />

and engineering talent to unleash incredible results in<br />

this arena. Automakers leveraging softwarization for<br />

design and manufacturing can deliver greater value and<br />

affordability throughout the vehicle’s lifecycle.<br />

Overcoming the Obstacles of AI<br />

For some automakers, hardware is an obstacle to<br />

using generative AI to its fullest. Most cars roll out<br />

of the factory with just enough computing power to<br />

handle the basics, which prevents them from running a<br />

software sandbox in every vehicle driven off the lot. All<br />

that performance data is then lost – data essential to<br />

developing and testing new functions in the real world.<br />

With greater computing and generative AI, automakers<br />

can analyze driving behavior and personalize and<br />

perfect the overall driving experience for whoever is<br />

behind the wheel. Data has long held the promise of<br />

personalization, so there’s no reason why a new car can’t<br />

become more attuned to the buyer as they get used to<br />

their new car. It’s all a matter of technology, and it could<br />

be a persuasive selling proposition.<br />

On top of that, vehicle-specific data is critical to better<br />

customer support. With a few clicks of a button, service<br />

representatives can pull up details on the driving<br />

experience and precisely understand what customers<br />

may be facing with their vehicles. Talk about being<br />

responsive to an individual’s needs. Then, should an<br />

automaker choose, it could send customized messaging<br />

via text, email or right to the vehicle’s display screen.<br />

That’s not out of the realm of possibility.<br />

Much like electrification, softwarization is the future<br />

of the automotive industry. Today’s vehicles are getting<br />

closer to becoming computers on wheels as connectivity<br />

becomes core to the driving experience. It’s only a matter<br />

of time before customers will expect the functionalities<br />

AI provides in every vehicle – not just autonomous<br />

driving features but all the bells and whistles. The first<br />

challenge many automakers will have to overcome is<br />

how they view themselves. From there, it’s open roads<br />

ahead.<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

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Cover Story<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

The Future of EVs<br />

Evolution of the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry and<br />

Electrification Beyond Cars<br />

The year <strong>2023</strong> has proven another momentous<br />

year for the electric vehicle (EV) market. 2022<br />

saw electric car sales rise by 62% compared with<br />

2021, and IDTechEx estimates that <strong>2023</strong> will see<br />

global sales rise by another 16%. Growth in <strong>2023</strong> was<br />

somewhat hampered by the poor performance of plug-in<br />

hybrids (PHEVs) in Europe in the first half of <strong>2023</strong>, with<br />

subsidy phase-outs in Germany. However, even with less<br />

aggressive growth than previous years, many will agree<br />

that EVs are the future, especially for the passenger car<br />

market. So what else can be learned about the future of<br />

electrification?<br />

Whilst the electric car has become an everyday term<br />

that the general public is now aware of, there are<br />

still certainly large technological and market trends<br />

occurring in the automotive market. Beyond this, many<br />

other vehicle segments are seeing electrification take<br />

off; these include various vehicles on the road (vans,<br />

trucks, buses, 2-wheelers, 3-wheelers, microcars…), but<br />

also off-road segments like construction vehicles and<br />

trains.<br />

It isn’t just vehicles on land either, with marine<br />

sectors (boats & ships, etc.) and aerial vehicles like air<br />

taxis (eVTOL) gaining increased interest and market<br />

traction. Each vehicle category is at a different stage of<br />

electrification and has its own technology and market<br />

demands depending on technical feasibility, consumer<br />

acceptance, government policy, and several other factors.<br />

This article aims to give an update on electrification in<br />

several vehicle sectors and what can be expected for the<br />

next ten years. IDTechEx is predicting a fairly moderate<br />

2-fold increase in the yearly sales of EVs across all the<br />

segments mentioned above by 2034; this is partly due<br />

to the sales of electric two- and three-wheelers already<br />

stagnating in some major markets. However, the battery<br />

demand increases by over 7.7 times in the same period,<br />

largely driven by the car market, but with the other<br />

segments making a significant contribution.<br />

Technology companies becoming automotive suppliers<br />

Tesla are undoubtedly leaders in the EV space, and it<br />

has changed the way that many think about the car as<br />

a product. The sales process is more akin to purchasing<br />

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any other consumer electronics product than what is<br />

typically thought of when buying a car. In addition to<br />

this, the ownership is taking that form too; many EVs<br />

now offer over-the-air updates to keep a car’s systems<br />

up to date, whereas, for example, many traditional<br />

automakers would have had to do this during a service<br />

and have been known to require hefty fees to update<br />

satellite navigation maps, something that is becoming<br />

standard to update for free remotely. Several vehicles<br />

now come with features that can be purchased or<br />

subscribed to at a later date.<br />

With this transition to cars looking more like a<br />

mobile phone than a traditional car, major technology<br />

companies have taken an interest in the car market and,<br />

rather than supplying small components, are looking at<br />

providing the whole car.<br />

Huawei was an early example of this approach and<br />

started selling its SERES SF5 in China in 2021. After<br />

many years of exhibiting automotive-related technology,<br />

Sony has entered a joint partnership with Honda to<br />

provide vehicles with production scheduled for 2026.<br />

Other examples that have announced projects include<br />

Xiaomi, Baidu (a joint venture with Geely), Foxconn, and<br />

others. Apple scaled back a fully autonomous car project,<br />

but rumors continue on an electric car project.<br />

One of the key <strong>issue</strong>s Tesla had initially was not with<br />

the core vehicle technology but the scaling up and<br />

quality control of manufacturing cars in large numbers,<br />

something that traditional automakers tend to do very<br />

well. This will be a big part of why these tech companies<br />

have often partnered with traditional automakers or<br />

other large manufacturers with experience. This sort<br />

of approach could see another key shift in how the<br />

automotive market is structured, with traditional OEMs<br />

manufacturing the vehicle and tech companies providing<br />

the software and integration. The benefit for the end<br />

user would be a well-built vehicle that integrates<br />

seamlessly with all of their other electronic devices.<br />

Charging infrastructure growth required to meet EV<br />

demand<br />

The global EV charging infrastructure market is growing<br />

steadily. According to IDTechEx, there were nearly 2.7<br />

million public charging points worldwide in 2022. Nearly<br />

960k chargers were installed globally just in that same<br />

year. IDTechEx estimates that 222 million chargers will<br />

be needed by 2034 to support the growing global EV<br />

fleet. IDTechEx also predicts that the cumulative global<br />

investment in global charging infrastructure will exceed<br />

US$123 billion by 2034 (hardware cost alone).<br />

There is undoubtedly a huge push to build global public<br />

DC fast charging networks. China is leading the race<br />

with 1.797 million total public chargers deployed, taking<br />

70% of the global market share. The US government is<br />

Electric Vehicles<br />

providing more than $5 billion in funding and incentives<br />

to build a coast-to-coast fast charging network under<br />

The National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure (NEVI)<br />

Formula Program. The Alternative Fuels Infrastructure<br />

Regulation (AFIR) in the EU is similarly driving the<br />

growth of public charger installations by mandating a<br />

station every 60km along highways. IDTechEx forecasts<br />

DC fast chargers to exhibit a higher growth rate in the<br />

coming decade, although AC chargers will dominate by<br />

unit volume in terms of deployment.<br />

The Global EV charging network remains fragmented,<br />

with many charge point operators battling for market<br />

share across regions. Leading automakers recently<br />

adopted Tesla’s North American Charging Standard<br />

(NACS) charging connector for their US models. Tesla<br />

operates the largest global public DC charging network,<br />

and in North America NACS outnumbers CCS (combined<br />

charging standard) two to one, which explains the<br />

switch to Tesla’s standard. Furthermore, the network<br />

is more reliable and has 20-70% lower deployment<br />

costs than their competitors due to in-house design<br />

and manufacturing of components. From a technical<br />

standpoint, Tesla’s connector is lightweight, supports<br />

both AC and DC through shared pins, and can support<br />

higher amperage due to immersion-cooled cables.<br />

IDTechEx’s outlook is that cars and EV supply equipment<br />

supporting CCS in the US will make up less than 50%<br />

market share by the end of the decade, although it will<br />

remain the dominant standard across EU+UK regions.<br />

Electric trucks to become a standard goods transport<br />

method<br />

The electric truck market in Europe and the US is<br />

very much still in its infancy; data from the European<br />

Alternative Fuels Observatory (EAFO) suggests there<br />

were only 1,607 electric truck registrations in the EU27<br />

countries in 2022, while estimates for the total number<br />

of electric medium and heavy-duty trucks on the road in<br />

the US is under 3,000 vehicles. However, all of the major<br />

OEMs have ongoing electric truck projects, and this work<br />

is intensifying, with all manufacturers recognizing the<br />

transition to zero-emission powertrains has begun. In<br />

2022 sales of electric heavy trucks in China reached an<br />

all-time high, totaling 25,072 units, an increase of 140%<br />

on 2021.<br />

Model availability has grown nearly 65% from 2021<br />

until the end of 2022 (from 182 models to 299). Globally,<br />

the most robust model-availability growth comes from<br />

heavy-duty truck (HDT) models, which reflect 95%<br />

growth from 2021 to 2022 (57 models to 111 models)<br />

as the technology advances. Medium-duty truck (MDT)<br />

models grew 50% year-on-year between 2021 and 2022.<br />

Zero-emission heavy-duty trucks have shown preliminary<br />

promise in urban freight and short hauling operations<br />

under 150 miles per day.<br />

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Cover Story<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Tesla, Daimler, VW, and Volvo are investing heavily in<br />

battery-electric trucks and appear to be winning the<br />

total cost of ownership (TCO) battle. Others, such as<br />

Toyota, Hyundai, and Nikola, have chosen to focus<br />

their efforts on fuel cells (FC). Despite <strong>issue</strong>s with the<br />

efficiency of hydrogen as a fuel, FCEVs remain in the<br />

conversation as a technology for long-haul trucking<br />

applications, where a large range is required. However,<br />

current barriers include high upfront vehicle price, high<br />

price of hydrogen, and an insufficient hydrogen refueling<br />

network.<br />

At least 12 projects targeting commercial EV megawatt<br />

(MW) power level charging are now underway or set<br />

to begin construction by <strong>2023</strong>. These projects were<br />

announced in 2021/22, and disclosed investments<br />

exceed US$1.2 billion. For many projects, the goal is to<br />

operate MW-scale chargers to support battery electric<br />

truck adoption once the relevant MCS standard is<br />

finalized. IDTechEx predicts that MW charging will see<br />

quick growth for commercial vehicles but remain a very<br />

small part of the overall charging infrastructure market.<br />

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<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Electric Vehicles<br />

eVTOL’s to enable air taxi services<br />

A growing number of companies are building full-scale,<br />

flying, eVTOL (electric vertical take-off and landing)<br />

aircraft. Many eVTOL prototypes have had successful<br />

test flights and trials. Still, significant work is necessary,<br />

especially on the battery performance, to enhance the<br />

practical capabilities of eVTOL aircraft for use in society.<br />

A number of eVTOL OEMs have begun work with civil<br />

aviation authorities to pursue certification of their<br />

commercial eVTOL passenger-grade aircraft. The majority<br />

of manufacturers are now testing prototypes and aim to<br />

launch commercial services (following successful flight<br />

certification) in the 2024-2026 window. Over the years,<br />

IDTechEx tracking of eVTOL commercial launch dates<br />

shows that they are being pushed back incrementally<br />

due to regulatory and not technological hurdles.<br />

IDTechEx research concludes that intracity is not the<br />

environment to begin eVTOL air taxi operations as<br />

short flights are expensive; there is limited or no<br />

time advantage to eVTOL trips less than 40km; a lack<br />

of available space for, and price of land for vertiport<br />

construction; and the hazard of operating in and above<br />

populated cities posing as major barriers. Autonomous<br />

flights over longer distances (>50km) will be vital in<br />

making air taxi services cost-competitive, and almost<br />

all eVTOL OEMs are looking to add this functionality.<br />

Not only would eVTOL taxi services be quicker over this<br />

range, but they also have the potential to be cheaper<br />

than other modes. Yet the journey to build, certify<br />

and fly such an aircraft remains expensive, uncertain,<br />

and competitive. Industry estimates peg the cost of<br />

developing one through to certification at roughly<br />

US$1bn.<br />

IDTechEx does not expect the eVTOL air taxi market to<br />

start making huge progress within the next ten years but<br />

forecasts strong growth later into the following decade<br />

as some players complete their certification process.<br />

Many vehicle segments electrifying<br />

IDTechEx’s report “Electric Vehicles: Land, Sea & Air<br />

2024-2044” is a comprehensive EV master report<br />

covering nine EV markets broken down with over 126<br />

forecast lines. The scope covers all vehicle volume and<br />

drivetrain breakdowns, including battery-electric, fuel<br />

cell, and hybrid vehicle unit sales, battery demand (GWh),<br />

and market revenue generation ($ billion).<br />

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Auto Auction<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Catawiki Presents<br />

Unprecedented Ferrari Auction<br />

Five Luxury Sports Cars without<br />

Minimum Price<br />

Catawiki, the leading online marketplace for<br />

special objects, is set to captivate luxury car<br />

enthusiasts worldwide with an exclusive<br />

auction featuring five iconic Ferrari sports<br />

cars, all offered without a minimum price. The highest<br />

bidder will have the unique opportunity to drive away<br />

in a collection that includes the prestigious Ferrari 812<br />

GTS Targa, a Roma, a GTC4 Lusso, a 599 GTB Fiorano,<br />

and a 575M Maranello.<br />

All images credit to Jos Spinhoven - Catawiki<br />

Five blazing prancing horses, without<br />

minimum price<br />

At the centre of this extraordinary auction is the<br />

Ferrari 812 GTS, not merely a car but a symbol of<br />

uncompromising luxury, speed, and refinement. Under<br />

its hood lies a robust 6.5-liter V12 engine generating<br />

a staggering 789 horsepower, propelling the car from<br />

0 to 100 km/h in just 3 seconds. With a top speed of<br />

340 km/h, the 812 GTS offers a level of speed and<br />

performance synonymous with the Ferrari legacy.<br />

Ferrari - 575M Maranello Coupe 5.7L V12<br />

Ferrari - 812 GTS Targa 6,5L V12<br />

Ferrari - Roma Coupe 3,9L V8<br />

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Auto Auction<br />

Sander Houdel, car expert at Catawiki, comments: “This<br />

is one the last Ferraris with a V12 engine. Given the<br />

increasingly stringent environmental requirements and<br />

changing market, this model is one of the last ones in<br />

circulation, which makes it very valuable. With it also<br />

disappears that typical engine sound that enthusiasts<br />

love so much - one of the best sounds in the world.’’<br />

The Ferrari Roma, celebrated for its timeless design and<br />

high-performance capabilities, stands as a testament to<br />

Ferrari’s commitment to perfection. With its distinctive<br />

flair, the car embodies a modern reflection of the<br />

carefree, enjoyable lifestyle that defined Rome during<br />

the 1950s and ‘60s. This 2+2 coupe, finished in the<br />

distinctive Blu Roma, is powered by a 3.9-liter twinturbocharged<br />

V8, delivering 620 horsepower.<br />

Ferrari - 599 GTB Fiorano Coupe 6,0L V12<br />

Three other flamboyant Ferrari models complement the<br />

auction for car enthusiasts worldwide - a GTC4 Lusso, a<br />

599 GTB Fiorano Coupe, and a 575M Maranello Coupe.<br />

“This auction transcends the ordinary, showcasing a<br />

dazzling array of five resplendent models from the iconic<br />

brand with the prancing horse, all without a minimum<br />

price. It’s an unmissable opportunity for collectors and<br />

enthusiasts alike to acquire these extraordinary vehicles<br />

and gain access to a piece of automotive history.”<br />

concludes Houdel.<br />

Ferrari - Roma Coupe 3,9L V8<br />

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Transport Technology<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Innovative technologies for the<br />

transport sector<br />

Well prepared for the challenges of the future transport industry: For the first time,<br />

SAF-HOLLAND presented itself on the French market at a joint booth together<br />

with Haldex. The main attractions at SOLUTRANS were the intelligent tyre pressure<br />

monitoring systems and the SAF TRAKr electric regenerative braking axle<br />

The energy transition was<br />

at the centre of this<br />

year’s SOLUTRANS<br />

– the trade fair<br />

for haulage and urban<br />

transport. It was evident<br />

at the industry exhibition<br />

that SAF-HOLLAND has<br />

also been supporting this<br />

development for some<br />

time:<br />

“The transport industry is<br />

becoming increasingly aware<br />

of its ecological responsibility.<br />

We therefore focus on<br />

developing products where road<br />

safety and sustainability go hand<br />

in hand. Examples of these are our<br />

fuel saving tyre pressure monitoring<br />

system and our emissions reducing SAF TRAKr trailer<br />

axle,” explains Jean Baghdad, Managing Director at SAF-<br />

HOLLAND France.<br />

He consequently sees the success of the trade fair<br />

reflected not only in the many new contacts and<br />

successfully completed business deals: “I am pleased<br />

to see that our products are stimulators for creating a<br />

more sustainable future and we are working on reducing<br />

carbon emissions together with our customers,” says<br />

Baghdad. “The lively exchanges at trade fairs often<br />

generate new ideas, reveal synergies and create a shift<br />

in thinking in the industry and for the customers.”<br />

SAF-HOLLAND and Haldex in close alliance<br />

Together with Haldex, SAF-HOLLAND is driving the<br />

development of modern axle and suspension systems<br />

as well as electronic<br />

brake systems. Since<br />

the acquisi-tion of<br />

the Swedish brake<br />

system manufacturer,<br />

the companies have been<br />

working on solutions for<br />

connectivity, electrification,<br />

and autonomous driving. The visitors at the joint trade<br />

fair booth were able to see how well these subjects<br />

complement each other. The merger also underlines the<br />

role of SAF-HOLLAND as a global system supplier with<br />

integrated solutions from a single source.<br />

Less fuel consumption with tyre pressure monitoring<br />

When it came to products, the tyre pressure monitoring<br />

systems from SAF-HOLLAND and Haldex attracted great<br />

interest. The solutions for tyre pressure monitoring<br />

improve road safety, have a positive impact on the<br />

service life of the tyres and reduce fuel consumption.<br />

An EU Commission Directive is making tyre pressure<br />

monitoring systems mandatory for all new trailers<br />

registered from 2024 onwards.<br />

Two different systems are available to meet the different<br />

requirements. The tyre pressure monitoring system<br />

(TPMS) from Haldex monitors pressure and tem-perature<br />

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Transport Technology<br />

and warns the<br />

driver in the event<br />

of any deviations.<br />

The <strong>digital</strong> SAF<br />

TIRE PILOT i.Q. goes<br />

one step further:<br />

It continuously<br />

monitors the tyre<br />

pressure, informs<br />

the driver on a<br />

monitoring display<br />

and automatically<br />

tops up the air when<br />

the pressure falls<br />

below the defined<br />

minimum value.<br />

Lowering emissions<br />

with regenerative<br />

braking<br />

The SAF TRAKr electrified regenerative braking axle was<br />

the centre of attention at the booth. “With our electric<br />

axle, we are supporting new traffic solutions and driving<br />

e-mobility,” says Baghdad. The high-voltage generator<br />

unit of the axle converts the kinetic energy of the trailer<br />

into electrical energy. This can supply other electronic<br />

SAF-HOLLAND’s answer to the EU Regulation on tyre pressure monitoring: The SAF<br />

TIRE PILOT I.Q. monitors the tyre pressure continuously and corrects it in case of<br />

deviations. Image credit: SAF-HOLLAND<br />

units such as refrigeration units, fans, etc., lowering fuel<br />

con-sumption and reducing the emissions of the overall<br />

vehicle.<br />

A strong alliance: Together with Haldex, SAF-HOLLAND is driving the development of modern axle and suspension systems as well as electronic brake systems.<br />

Image credit: SAF-HOLLAND<br />

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Buses<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Eicher unveils the Skyline Pro 3009 bus range<br />

in South <strong>Africa</strong><br />

In partnership with the Volvo Group’s advanced<br />

technology, Eicher, renowned manufacturer of<br />

Trucks and Buses has unvailed the Skyline Pro<br />

3009 bus range in South <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

Engineered for “superior performance with<br />

unmatched comfort”, the SABS-compliant Euro<br />

3 emission standards bus promises a redefined<br />

commuting experience.The Bus features spacious<br />

interiors, comfortable HHR seats, a longer<br />

wheelbase and advanced safety features, the<br />

Eicher Skyline Pro 3009 focuses on reliability and<br />

passenger well-being.<br />

The bus is also equipped with the latest E494 engine, Volvo Group’s<br />

engine management system, an APDA (air brake), a clutch booster<br />

and an intelligent driver information system. This expansion aligns<br />

with Eicher’s commitment to innovation. This bus joins the existing<br />

range of Eicher trucks in South <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

With comprehensive service network, consisting of 27 touchpoints<br />

in Southern <strong>Africa</strong>, reflects Eicher’s dedication to providing<br />

excellent support to customers.<br />

Images: Eicher<br />

Volvo Buses secures first order for Volvo 7900<br />

Electric buses with bodies built by MCV<br />

Luxembourg operator DEMY<br />

SCHANDELER S.àr.l. (Demy<br />

Cars) has ordered 15 Volvo<br />

7900 Electric buses to<br />

operate in intercity traffic. It is the<br />

first order for Volvo electric buses<br />

with Volvo 7900 Electric bodies built<br />

by MCV. The order shows confidence<br />

in Volvo Buses’ new partnership with<br />

bodybuilder MCV, with the buses set<br />

to be delivered in spring 2025.<br />

The new order closely follows the<br />

announcement in <strong>September</strong> of<br />

Volvo Buses’ agreement with MCV<br />

to body the Volvo 7900 Electric<br />

and Volvo 7900 Electric Articulated<br />

buses under license. The agreement<br />

marked an important step forward in<br />

Volvo Buses’ new business model in<br />

Europe.<br />

“We are of course very pleased that<br />

we can already take the first order<br />

Volvo Buses will continue to be the point of contact for customers regarding spare parts and services<br />

for buses built in partnership with MCV. Image: Volvo Buses<br />

of our Volvo 7900 Electric, built in<br />

partnership with MCV. It shows the<br />

confidence that our customer has<br />

in our brand and organization and<br />

that we will continue to be a strong<br />

player in the European market,<br />

offering a wide range of buses in<br />

the premium segment for public<br />

transport,” says Dan Pettersson,<br />

Senior Vice President, Volvo Buses.<br />

Contracted by RGTR, bus operator<br />

DEMY SCHANDELER S.àr.l. is Volvo<br />

Buses’ most recent partner in<br />

Luxembourg and has been operating<br />

10 Volvo 7900 Electric buses<br />

since the beginning of <strong>2023</strong>. This<br />

successful collaboration has helped<br />

to secure the latest order for 15<br />

Volvo 7900 Electric.<br />

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Buses<br />

Electreon Unveils the World’s First Commercial<br />

Wireless Charging Terminal for Buses in Israel<br />

Electreon has successfully<br />

completed the construction<br />

of a groundbreaking wireless<br />

charging terminal for parked<br />

urban electric buses (e-buses),<br />

marking a world first in the field of<br />

this innovative charging technology.<br />

The commercial project, delivered<br />

to Electra Afikim, a prominent public<br />

transportation operator in Israel,<br />

located in Rosh HaAyin in the center<br />

of the country, and supplies stationary<br />

wireless charging to the e-buses during<br />

the night and day, in parking bays at<br />

the public bus terminal in a distributed<br />

energy model.<br />

Oren Ezer, CEO of Electreon, expressed<br />

excitement about the project,<br />

stating, “We are pleased to introduce<br />

to the world the first wireless<br />

charging terminal of this kind here<br />

in Israel, enabling efficient, costeffective,<br />

and space-saving wireless<br />

The world’s first commercial wireless charging<br />

terminal for buses, Electreon’s Electra Afikim Project<br />

(PRNewsfoto/Electreon Wireless Ltd)<br />

charging for public transit buses in a busy urban zone. This innovative<br />

facility is designed to provide wireless charging for electric buses<br />

throughout the day and night, serving the public as part of regular public<br />

transportation services in the Petah Tikva and Rosh HaAyin areas.”<br />

Electreon managed the entire terminal project, from end-to-end,<br />

encompassing electrical infrastructure, required approvals, and civil<br />

engineering works. The company also implemented its advanced charging<br />

software platform to remotely manage and oversee wireless charging of<br />

the fleet vehicles at the terminal.<br />

Egypt eyes cooperation with Belarus on<br />

electric bus production<br />

Egypt’s Minister of Transport<br />

held talks with the<br />

Belarusian ambassador to<br />

Cairo to discuss establishing<br />

an electric bus factory in Alexandria’s<br />

Borg Al Arab as well as modernizing<br />

state-owned workshops that carry<br />

out maintenance for trucks.<br />

Alarabia for Trading, Manufacturing,<br />

and Transportation Services<br />

(ATM Misr) and China’s King Long<br />

launched in February a factory for<br />

the production of buses and other<br />

types of vehicles with investments<br />

worth LE1 billion.<br />

The factory spans over 164,000<br />

feddans, its production capacity in<br />

the first year is 500, and provides<br />

employment for 12,000. The<br />

local component is 60%, and the<br />

production will be targeted at GCC<br />

countries and North <strong>Africa</strong>.<br />

Electric city bus recharging at the bus charge station, connected with a power<br />

cable. Getty Images Image used for illustrative purpose.<br />

In a similar context, the Ministry<br />

of State for Military Production<br />

announced in June 2021 finishing<br />

the production of the first locally<br />

made electric bus in collaboration<br />

with Manufacturing Commercial<br />

Vehicles Co. (MCV), a private firm that<br />

has been producing buses for 25<br />

years.<br />

The minister clarified that the<br />

local component in that bus was<br />

60 percent. He elaborated that<br />

the design was made by Egyptian<br />

engineers, and that the exterior<br />

and interior of the skeleton were<br />

manufactured in Egyptian factories.<br />

Those include windows, tires, chairs,<br />

fibers, and the metal body.<br />

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Market Report<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />


The use of electric commercial trucks would also greatly<br />

benefit logistics companies, whose profits have been steadily<br />

declining due to the continually rising fuel prices<br />

The transport sector is one<br />

of the most significant<br />

contributors to GHG<br />

emissions globally, owing to<br />

which many countries worldwide are<br />

focusing on converting the existing<br />

fleet of commercial vehicles to zeroemission<br />

electric vehicles. With the<br />

upcoming government mandates on<br />

emissions caused by vehicles, the<br />

automotive industry is focusing on<br />

efficiency, emission-free propulsion,<br />

and innovative technologies. The<br />

electric commercial vehicle market<br />

is expected to witness significant<br />

growth during the forecast period,<br />

driven by e-commerce, logistics,<br />

delivery and mobility growth. Major<br />

R&D activities in electric commercial<br />

vehicle focus on to use of energyefficient<br />

electric propulsion, higher<br />

vehicle range and innovative<br />

battery technologies, which have<br />

boosted the demand for electric<br />

commercial vehicles. While these<br />

vehicles are expected to enhance the<br />

performance and range of electric<br />

commercial vehicles, factors such<br />

as significant charging time, high<br />

price, limited life of batteries, and<br />

inadequate availability of charging<br />

stations make users hesitant to opt<br />

for electric commercial vehicles over<br />

ICE commercial vehicles.<br />

The use of electric commercial<br />

trucks would also greatly benefit<br />

logistics companies, whose profits<br />

have been steadily declining due<br />

to the continually rising fuel prices.<br />

Key OEMs such as BYD (China),<br />

Mercedes Benz Group AG (Germany),<br />

AB Volvo (Sweden), Nikola Motors<br />

(US), and Volkswagen AG (Germany)<br />

have launched electric commercial<br />

vehicles in recent years.<br />

The manufacturers are focused<br />

on launch of electric commercial<br />

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vehicles models. The table below<br />

covers a few of the new models<br />

launched by key manufacturers.<br />

The electric commercial vehicle<br />

industry is witnessing technological<br />

developments to meet customer<br />

demand and be future-ready. Electric<br />

commercial vehicle have a lower<br />

operating cost than conventional<br />

commercial vehicles. Increasing<br />

crude oil prices and the need for<br />

eco-friendly mobility alternatives<br />

are opening opportunities for the<br />

market. Electric commercial vehicles<br />

have low operating cost relative<br />

to ICE commercial vehicles and a<br />

sustainable means of transportation.<br />

They can leverage existing and<br />

future mainstream electric vehicle<br />

charging infrastructures. Governing<br />

bodies have launched initiatives<br />

to build charging facilities. The<br />

schemes are funded with huge<br />

budgets, focused on promoting<br />

electric commercial vehicle through<br />

subsidies.<br />



2030<br />

As per Atin Jain, Team Lead<br />

(<strong>Automotive</strong> and Transportation) at<br />

MarketsandMarkets Research, “The<br />

electric commercial vehicle market<br />

is growing rapidly, driven by factors<br />

such as excessive emissions by fossil<br />

fuel-powered commercial vehicles,<br />

fluctuations in fuel prices, and<br />

government subsidies, incentives<br />

and favorable policies. Continuous<br />

improvements in charging<br />

infrastructures have also led to<br />

adoption of electric commercial<br />

vehicles across the globe. R&D<br />

activities are being carried out to<br />

improve battery technology, reduce<br />

battery cost, reduce charge time<br />

and increase vehicle range. With<br />

countries worldwide setting targets<br />

to reduce their vehicle emissions,<br />

the demand for low-emission<br />

vehicles, including electric vehicles,<br />

is growing. The electric commercial<br />

vehicle market is expected to grow.”<br />




GROWTH<br />

According to MarketsandMarkets<br />

research, the global electric<br />

commercial vehicle market is<br />

projected to reach 2,155.1 thousand<br />

units by 2030, starting from 519.4<br />

thousand units in <strong>2023</strong>, growing at<br />

a CAGR of 22.5%. The market growth<br />

is governed by improved battery<br />

technology, supporting government<br />

policies and regulations, and the<br />

consistent launch of new electric<br />

commercial vehicle models.<br />

According to MarketsandMarkets<br />

research, the global electric<br />

commercial vehicle market is<br />

projected to reach 2,155.1 thousand<br />

units by 2030, starting from 519.4<br />

thousand units in <strong>2023</strong>, growing at<br />

a CAGR of 22.5%. The market growth<br />

is governed by improved battery<br />

technology, supporting government<br />

policies and regulations, and the<br />

consistent launch of new electric<br />

commercial vehicle models.<br />



MARKET<br />



Various governments have launched<br />

attractive initiatives and schemes<br />

to facilitate the adoption of electric<br />

commercial vehicles. In developed<br />

countries, governments have begun

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Electric Vehicles<br />

Source: Global EV Outlook <strong>2023</strong>, Secondary Websites,<br />

News Portals, <strong>Automotive</strong> Databases, Company<br />

Annual Reports, and MarketsandMarkets Analysis<br />

Source: MarketsandMarkets Analysis<br />

According to MarketsandMarkets research, the global electric commercial vehicle market is projected to reach<br />

2,155.1 thousand units by 2030, starting from 519.4 thousand units in <strong>2023</strong>, growing at a CAGR of 22.5%. The<br />

market growth is governed by improved battery technology, supporting government policies and regulations,<br />

and the consistent launch of new electric commercial vehicle models.<br />

the use of electric commercial<br />

vehicles, such as vans and trucks.<br />

The UK has set a target for new cars<br />

and vans to be zero-emission by<br />

2035 and is offering grants and tax<br />

incentives to encourage the adoption<br />

of electric vehicles. Likewise, Canada<br />

has mandated all new passenger<br />

vehicles sold in the country to<br />

be zero-emission by 2035. It is<br />

investing in charging infrastructure<br />

and offering incentives to support<br />

the adoption of electric vehicles.<br />

Governments are also promoting<br />

electric trucks to reduce pollution<br />

attributed to diesel engine trucks.<br />

For instance, Ontario, Canada’s<br />

largest province, has introduced a<br />

new rebate program for buyers of<br />

Tesla’s semi-electric truck, promising<br />

up to 60%, or nearly USD 59,000, of<br />

the incremental purchase cost of<br />

electric trucks. Emerging economies,<br />

such as China and India, also plan to<br />

introduce zero-emission commercial<br />

vehicles in the near future.<br />



The battery is a significant<br />

component in an electric commercial<br />

vehicle. Technological advances<br />

in batteries, especially regarding<br />

their charge density, making them<br />

extractable and more competitive,<br />

are the focus of the electric<br />

commercial vehicle segment’s<br />

leading research and development<br />

efforts worldwide. Currently,<br />

companies are providing multiple<br />

charging options that include a<br />

portable charger that can be used<br />

to charge vehicles in public places.<br />

Besides, charging stations are also<br />

installed at homes for convenience.<br />

Several companies in EV battery<br />

technology have made substantial<br />

improvements. For instance, in June<br />

2022, CATL unveiled its Qilin Battery,<br />

the third generation of its CTP (cellto-pack)<br />

technology. The battery<br />

delivers a range of 1,000 km, has an<br />

energy density of up to 255 Wh/kg,<br />

and is expected to be mass-produced<br />

in <strong>2023</strong>. Such ongoing developments<br />

in the field of EV batteries are<br />

targeted towards improving the<br />

range of electric commercial<br />

vehicles, with most major EV battery<br />

manufacturers innovating in the<br />

battery design and chemistry to<br />

extend the range of EVs to eliminate<br />

the requirement for regular charging.<br />




UNIT/YEAR by 2030<br />

Rivian successfully launched its IPO<br />

and now has almost USD 12 billion<br />

(on top of USD 10.5 billion raised<br />

previously) to expand its EV business.<br />

The company wants to grow quickly<br />

and reach a volume of at least 1<br />

million electric vehicles per year by<br />

2030. The long-term plan for Rivian<br />

is to have a total of four assembly<br />

plants around the world, including<br />

one additional factory in the U.S. and<br />

probably one in Europe and one in<br />

China. The second factory in the U.S<br />

is expected to also produce in-house<br />

developed battery cells (potentially<br />

in-house developed). In February<br />

2022, the company shared ambitious<br />

plans to acquire 10% of the EV<br />

market by 2030.<br />



General Motors became the first<br />

conventional car company to<br />

pledge to sell only zero-emission<br />

cars and trucks by 2035. GM has<br />

committed to invest USD 35 billion<br />

in its transition to selling only EVs<br />

by 2035, and is aiming for carbon<br />

neutrality by 2040. About 50% of the<br />

U.S. production will be converted<br />

to EVs by 2025, and has announced<br />

four battery plants in the U.S. The<br />

company has also partenered with<br />

Pilot and Flying J will accelerate the<br />

expansion of charging infrastructure<br />

and enable long-distance electric<br />

travel via a network of 2,000<br />

chargers.<br />


ROBOTAXI BY 2024<br />

In April 2022 the company plans to<br />

build a dedicated robotaxi by 2024.<br />

The robotaxi will be a self-driving<br />

vehicle that will not have a steering<br />

wheel or pedals. The company<br />

announced that the robotaxi will<br />

be “highly optimized for autonomy”<br />

and that it could potentially cost<br />

less than a bus or subway ticket.<br />

Tesla, Inc is not the only company<br />

that is working on robotaxis. Other<br />

companies that are developing<br />

robotaxis include Waymo, Uber, and<br />

Lyft. However, Tesla, Inc is one of the<br />

leading companies in the field of<br />

self-driving technology, and it has<br />

the potential to be a major player in<br />

the robotaxi market.<br />

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Manufacturing<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Using 5G to optimise vehicle<br />

manufacturing<br />

Electric and hybrid vehicle manufacturing has been<br />

growing at an even higher pace in recent months<br />

(by 74% in July). With overall annual production<br />

numbers looking to hit the million mark by the<br />

end of 2028, the sector is back in full throttle, and<br />

automotive companies need their manufacturing plants<br />

to be in top gear to thrive in this incredibly competitive<br />

environment.<br />

Getting into pole position<br />

In fact, manufacturing excellence has never been more<br />

paramount. Car manufacturers need their factories to be<br />

operating at peak performance. Ultra-reliable systems<br />

are a must, with all machines fully optimised. There’s<br />

no room for downtime in the production line, nor the<br />

delays or defects in manufacturing that can result from<br />

problems in the repetitive process of assembling parts.<br />

Today, car manufacturers need fully-functioning factories<br />

supported with IT infrastructures, systems and solutions<br />

that not only run seamlessly, but can autonomously<br />

identify potential faults – and repair and replace parts<br />

before they are given a chance to fail.<br />

And that’s where a private 5G network solution comes in.<br />

5G for a smooth ride<br />

A 5G private network can create the stable, reliable<br />

network with wireless flexibility that manufacturers –<br />

automotive or otherwise – need in their factories. 5G<br />

private networks offer completely tailorable, secure,<br />

low-latency and time-sensitive abilities for devices and<br />

services or applications within them.<br />

When paired with artificial intelligence (AI) and<br />

automation, a private network can transform<br />

manufacturing processes and improve productivity,<br />

efficiency, environmental impact and safety, while<br />

reducing costs.<br />

A 5G private network is a game-changer when it comes<br />

to running data analytics securely. The process for<br />

analytics used to be as such: information was fed back<br />

from end devices to one central environment within<br />

the business, or the organisation’s cloud. From there, it<br />

would be processed, and then insights and actions would<br />

be sent back to the same devices.<br />

Today, a 5G-powered private network means data<br />

analytics can happen right at the edge of the estate,<br />

for optimal, predictive machine maintenance. Devices<br />

in dispersed locations across the infrastructure can<br />

process information on the spot and understand if they<br />

need to be operating differently, or if there are any<br />

defects. They can either then act on that information<br />

autonomously and make the changes needed to operate<br />

more efficiently or send a signal to the maintenance<br />

team to remotely repair any defects before they cause<br />

any downtime.<br />

Accelerating with 5G: Ford Motor Company<br />

Ford Motor Company is a great example of a car<br />

manufacturer that has used a 5G private network to<br />

great effect. Ford needed to create a reliable network to<br />

support all of its critical production and maintenance<br />

processes at its manufacturing plant in Dunton, Essex.<br />

It created a 5G private network in collaboration with<br />

Vodafone, using mid-range 1GHz – 6GHz spectrum. With<br />

a Mobile Private Network (MPN), Ford got the best of<br />

both worlds; the reliability and responsiveness of a<br />

wired connection, but with the cable-less flexibility and<br />

cost-effectiveness of wireless connections.<br />

Furthermore, the wireless solution means the company<br />

were able to bring new facilities online faster, while<br />

manufacturers of production line machines were able<br />

to configure them remotely, so they could get up and<br />

running in Ford’s facilities as soon as they arrive at the<br />

factory.<br />

The private network used 5G connectivity for multiple<br />

reasons, including real-time analysis of machine<br />

performance, defect spotting and the management<br />

of responses to any changing conditions during the<br />

production process. Artificial intelligence (AI)-based<br />

predictive maintenance was deployed to spot defects<br />

and reduce downtime, while augmented reality (AR) and<br />

mixed reality (MR) techniques were used to support the<br />

remote maintenance of factory equipment.<br />

An example of how Ford’s network has been crucial<br />

in avoiding downtime can be seen with the process it<br />

deployed for the maintenance of the lasers it uses in its<br />

electric vehicle manufacturing.<br />

Quality checking of its laser equipment was expensive,<br />

tedious and repetitive for the employees in the Ford<br />

factory. The firm therefore wanted to move to an<br />

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automated process which used data to continuously<br />

monitor and, where applicable, carry out maintenance of<br />

its laser machines.<br />

With a 5G private network as the basis, Ford created a<br />

mixed reality solution for maintenance, based on PTC’s<br />

Vuforia platform. Typically, heat build-up in the laser<br />

system is a signal that laser lenses need either cleaning<br />

or replacing. By collecting data from the laser welding<br />

process, the solution identifies any build-up of heat and<br />

works out if the lasers either needed maintenance or<br />

repair.<br />

From there, it worked autonomously to take care of the<br />

problem. If the lenses are at the end of their life and<br />

physical replacement is needed, then a technician was<br />

alerted, and remotely guided through the laser lens<br />

replacement process while wearing a HoloLens.<br />

While the trial has now ended, the 5G private network<br />

proved invaluable in eliminating unnecessary downtime<br />

in the production line and, of course, the consequent<br />

delays in manufacturing that would have occurred.<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Industry<br />

5G private networks helping car manufacturers<br />

produce at the speed they need<br />

We’re at an exciting time in the world of car production.<br />

Manufacturing numbers are growing to pre-pandemic<br />

levels, and they’re showing no signs of slowing down<br />

before the end of the decade. However, to continue to<br />

compete, and to meet these impressive numbers, car<br />

manufacturers need to make sure that their factories are<br />

helping them produce at the quickest possible speed.<br />

And that means optimised production lines, running<br />

with as little downtime as possible. 5G private<br />

networks are already proving to be the solution that’s<br />

needed for leading car manufacturers to conduct the<br />

monitoring and maintenance required for the very best<br />

manufacturing processes, and we’d urge more companies<br />

to follow suit.<br />

Setting up a 5G private networks might seem like an<br />

overwhelming task, but there are many experts who<br />

can give advice and guide manufacturers through a<br />

deployment; ensuring they find the perfect solution for<br />

their organisation.<br />

Image: Courtesy for illustration purposes<br />

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Manufacturing<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

BENTELER expansion a boost for<br />

automotive manufacturing industry<br />

Furthermore, it is anticipated that an<br />

additional 50 skilled jobs will be created,<br />

increasing BENTELER’s workforce from 697<br />

to 743.<br />

“This investment is significant, as it will<br />

achieve an annual import replacement<br />

value of an estimated R1 billion,” Patel said<br />

in his address via a video message.<br />

“The investment is also a testament to<br />

the efficacy of the Department of Trade,<br />

Industry and Competition’s <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

Production and Development Programme<br />

(APDP) and the <strong>Automotive</strong> Investment<br />

Scheme (AIS), operating within the<br />

framework of the South <strong>Africa</strong>n <strong>Automotive</strong><br />

Masterplan (SAAM).<br />

“It highlights the pivotal role played by<br />

component manufacturing, a fundamental<br />

element of the APDP’s objectives, especially<br />

in light of the constant evolution in vehicle<br />

technologies and manufacturing processes.”<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

Trade, Industry and Competition Minister, Ebrahim<br />

Patel, says the expansion of the BENTELER<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong> plant in Gqeberha represents a<br />

significant milestone in South <strong>Africa</strong>’s thriving<br />

automotive manufacturing industry.<br />

The Minister said the investment<br />

underscores the growing recognition<br />

among Original Equipment Manufacturers<br />

(OEMs) of the advantages of purchasing<br />

from localised suppliers.<br />

“OEMs have seen that through local manufacturing of<br />

components, they can mitigate offshore supply chain<br />

costs, ultimately resulting in the creation of local jobs.”<br />

The Minister has welcomed the investment made by<br />

BENTELER, which has resulted in the expansion of the<br />

Gqeberha plant by over 9 000m2, positioning it as the<br />

third hot forming plant in South <strong>Africa</strong>. The company<br />

started operating in Gqeberha in 2011.<br />

Patel said this development reaffirms the nation’s<br />

growth trajectory and its status as a hub for automotive<br />

production, notably in the Eastern Cape province.<br />

During the construction phase, this expansion generated<br />

employment opportunities for 236 individuals and<br />

provided business opportunities to 42 different<br />

companies.<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

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<strong>Automotive</strong> Industry<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong> likely to<br />

produce first EV in 2026<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong>’s automotive industry will likely<br />

produce its first electric vehicle (EV) in 2026, the<br />

trade minister said on Monday, as he outlined<br />

plans for the country’s green transport transition.<br />

The electrification of transport is one of the key pillars<br />

underpinning South <strong>Africa</strong>’s Just Energy Transition (JET)<br />

plan for a low-carbon and climate-resilient economy.<br />

The JET plan estimates that an investment of 128.1<br />

billion rand ($6.84 billion) would be needed from <strong>2023</strong>–<br />

2027 for the transport sector to contribute meaningfully<br />

to South <strong>Africa</strong>’s decarbonisation commitments.<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong> is the largest automotive manufacturing<br />

hub on the <strong>Africa</strong>n continent, hosting global brands<br />

such as Toyota, Isuzu, Volkswagen and Mercedes, among<br />

others.<br />

It is also highly integrated into the global supply<br />

chain, drawing components from across the world and<br />

exporting the final consumer product to more than 150<br />

countries worldwide.<br />

“We’re already producing hybrids but we anticipate<br />

that the first electric vehicles are likely to be produced<br />

already by 2026,” Minister of Trade, Industry and<br />

Competition, Ebrahim Patel told journalists.<br />

Based on discussions his department was having with<br />

the automakers, the first batch of EVs will be limited.<br />

Growth should then accelerate between 2026 and 2030,<br />

with only one manufacturer anticipating moving into<br />

battery electric vehicle production after 2030, he added<br />

without naming any brands.<br />

In a 68-page EV plan, the government outlined steps to<br />

support the transition, such as government incentives,<br />

a temporary reduction on import duties for batteries in<br />

vehicles produced and sold in the domestic market, and<br />

the commercialisation of green hydrogen production as<br />

a source of sustainable fuel.<br />

Image: Courtesy for illustration purposes<br />

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<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

How South <strong>Africa</strong>’s Coega SEZ<br />

is becoming a hub for the<br />

automotive industry<br />

The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) offers proximity to transport networks and can physically locate<br />

component suppliers closer to OEMs, thereby providing logistical convenience. Credit: Coega.<br />

Recent research from GlobalData finds that<br />

original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and<br />

automotive component suppliers are teaming<br />

up to build new production plants and lines to<br />

increase the development and output of new materials,<br />

and to increase overall production process capacity.<br />

“Manufacturers and suppliers have been observed<br />

working together to create partnerships in the industry,”<br />

according to GlobalData’s July <strong>2023</strong> Global Sector<br />

Overview and Forecast for Material Trends Report.<br />

For example: to deliver low-carbon steel, which will be<br />

used for car production at facilities in Europe in 2026,<br />

the BMW Group has signed a contract with the steel<br />

manufacturer Salzgitter. By 2030, the company aims<br />

to incorporate low-carbon steel at its European plants<br />

to meet more than 40% of demand and reduce CO₂<br />

emissions by up to 400,000 tonnes per annum.<br />

Such partnerships are driven by a shared goal to bolster<br />

research and development capabilities, and they are<br />

emerging in various countries.<br />

The value of the OEM market, estimated at between<br />

$32bn and $36bn in 2022, and expected to reach<br />

up to $54bn by 2032, underscores the vast potential<br />

of collaborations between component suppliers<br />

and automotive OEMs. The possibility for greater<br />

collaboration is vast, but the conditions must be right for<br />

these partnerships to occur.<br />

Thandile Jack, senior business development manager at<br />

the Coega Development Corporation (Coega), explains<br />

that a synergistic environment is necessary to properly<br />

enable and guarantee successful collaboration between<br />

OEMs and component suppliers.<br />

“The Coega Special Economic Zone (SEZ) and Nelson<br />

Mandela Bay Logistics Park (NMBLP) offer proximity to<br />

transport networks and can physically locate component<br />

suppliers closer to OEMs, thereby providing logistical<br />

convenience and enabling JIT (just in time), which will<br />

reduce costs, for example. The Coega SEZ specifically<br />

provides access to export markets via the neighbouring<br />

deepwater Port of Ngqura and Port of Port Elizabeth,<br />

for containers and vehicles, respectively, while both<br />

areas provide land and buildings for lease, secure<br />

telecommunication networks, shared 24-hour security<br />

and infrastructure that is ready for use.”<br />

A hive of activity<br />

The Coega SEZ, inclusive of the NMBLP in Kariega in<br />

the Eastern Cape of South <strong>Africa</strong>, is home to various<br />

automakers including China’s BAIC and FAW Trucks, and<br />

component suppliers including Faurecia Interior Systems,<br />

Grupo Antolin, Hella, Inergy <strong>Automotive</strong> Systems, MICB<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong>, Q-Plas <strong>Automotive</strong>, Rehau <strong>Automotive</strong>,<br />

Schenellecke <strong>Automotive</strong> and VSL Manufacturing<br />

Benteler <strong>Automotive</strong>. As of March <strong>2023</strong>, the Coega SEZ is<br />

home to 12 automotive sector investors with a combined<br />

investment value of $5.3bn, providing a total of 2,321<br />

jobs.<br />

GlobalData lists Benteler <strong>Automotive</strong> among the top<br />

five companies operating in the global materials market,<br />

alongside 3M, Novelis, Bridgestone and POSCO. Benteler<br />

has earned this ranking due to its focus on achieving<br />

net-zero emissions, including scope 1, 2 and 3 emissions,<br />

the latter being notoriously difficult to track and<br />

eliminate.<br />

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GlobalData research reveals that: “The Benteler Steel/<br />

Tube division is striving to achieve CO₂ neutrality by<br />

2045. To achieve this, the focus is on increased energy<br />

efficiency, and the use of green electricity and climateneutral<br />

input materials.”<br />

In South <strong>Africa</strong>, Benteler, located at the NMBLP,<br />

manufactures chassis systems, structural components,<br />

and engine and exhaust systems. Since locating in the<br />

NMBLP, Benteler has embarked on two expansions,<br />

which is a testament to a vibrant local market.<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong>’s auto ecosystem<br />

According to the US’ International Trade Administration,<br />

South <strong>Africa</strong>’s automotive manufacturing industry<br />

reached an estimated value of $35.15bn in 2022, with<br />

$13.1bn in exports.<br />

With ambitions to contribute 1% of global automobile<br />

manufacturing, South <strong>Africa</strong> is fostering an ecosystem<br />

conducive to partnerships between OEMs and<br />

component suppliers.<br />

The NMBLP, developed and operated by Coega, is an<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Hub, offering integrated logistics services<br />

and infrastructure for the automotive manufacturing<br />

industry, helping suppliers reduce costs and maximise<br />

competitiveness.<br />

The Nelson Mandela Bay Logistics Park<br />

<strong>Automotive</strong> Industry<br />

The NMBLP is positioned on the Southern Hemisphere’s<br />

main east-west shipping routes and served by two<br />

ports, with the deepwater Port of Ngqura serving as a<br />

designated hub for container traffic, while the Port of<br />

Port Elizabeth operates container, vehicle, breakbulk and<br />

bulk terminals.<br />

Coega is geared to support automotive investors, OEMs,<br />

assemblers and component suppliers with a diverse<br />

range of services, enabling companies to focus on their<br />

core businesses of manufacturing and distribution.<br />

In South <strong>Africa</strong>, the conditions are ripe for a booming<br />

auto industry, where component suppliers can strike<br />

new synergies with automakers, enabled by existing<br />

infrastructure and support from Coega.<br />

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Maintenance<br />

<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

Image: Peoplecreation<br />

The Importance<br />

of Quality When<br />

Repairing Engine<br />

Parts<br />

Car owners know that regular maintenance and<br />

quality repairs are crucial for maintaining the<br />

performance and longevity of their vehicles.<br />

Engine parts are among the most essential<br />

components in any car, so it’s vital to understand the<br />

importance of quality when repairing engine parts.<br />

Learn more about the reasons why using high-quality<br />

parts and services saves your engine from future<br />

problems.<br />

Prioritize Quality Over Cost<br />

Saving money might be on your mind when handling car<br />

repairs; however, making wise investments in the long<br />

run saves you from mechanical failures. When it comes<br />

to engine parts, choosing inexpensive products won’t get<br />

you far.<br />

High-quality engine parts contain superior materials and<br />

undergo rigorous testing to ensure their durability and<br />

performance. These parts will keep your engine running<br />

smoothly for a long time.<br />

Conversely, cheap engine parts may seem attractive due<br />

to their lower cost, but they often lack the strength and<br />

dependability necessary for long-term use. Skimping on<br />

quality is how people make mistakes when installing a<br />

turbocharger or other parts, leading to engine failure<br />

and extensive damage.<br />

The Role of a Qualified Mechanic<br />

Entrusting your vehicle to an experienced and qualified<br />

mechanic is as vital as using quality engine parts. A<br />

skilled mechanic has the proper knowledge, tools, and<br />

techniques to repair and maintain your engine expertly.<br />

An experienced mechanic will install replacement parts<br />

correctly, prolonging the life of your vehicle. In addition,<br />

they can provide valuable recommendations on extra<br />

parts to invest in, helping you make smart decisions<br />

regarding future engine repairs.<br />

Long-Term Savings and Reliability<br />

When you invest in quality engine parts, you’ll<br />

experience fewer trips to the mechanic for repairs. The<br />

performance and reliability of your vehicle’s engine<br />

could even increase the resale value! Prioritize quality<br />

engine parts and repairs for a more efficient driving<br />

experience.<br />

Trustworthiness in the <strong>Automotive</strong> Industry<br />

Work with certified automotive repair shops or<br />

dealerships that have a positive reputation within the<br />

industry. Relying on these professionals will help you<br />

make educated decisions about using quality parts for<br />

engine repairs and feel assured that your engine will<br />

last a long time.<br />

Prioritizing quality when making engine repairs is<br />

essential for your vehicle’s performance, longevity,<br />

and dependability. Invest in premium parts and seek<br />

out skilled mechanics to ensure your vehicle stays<br />

in top condition and save yourself from unnecessary<br />

headaches on the road.<br />

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Maintenance<br />

Axalta Named Exclusive Supplier for BMW Group’s<br />

Private Paint Label ColorSystem in EMEA<br />

original manufacturer standards.<br />

“The BMW Group selects only the best products for its<br />

dealerships and collision repair partners to ensure the<br />

highest standards of quality, efficiency and sustainability,”<br />

said Troy Weaver, Senior Vice President, Global Refinish,<br />

Axalta.<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />

Axalta Coating Systems, a leading global<br />

coatings company, has been named exclusive<br />

supplier for BMW Group’s private paint<br />

label, ColorSystem, in currently 15 European<br />

countries plus South <strong>Africa</strong>. The agreement includes<br />

BMW Group’s network of 730 dealerships and collision<br />

repair partners.<br />

BMW Group’s ColorSystem is engineered to be one of the<br />

world’s most technologically advanced paint systems.<br />

It offers refinishing solutions that meet BMW Group’s<br />

“Following a rigorous process, Axalta has proven it<br />

can maintain exceptional service for the BMW Group’s<br />

dealerships and customers. We look forward to building a<br />

mutually beneficial, strong and future-proof relationship<br />

as well as growing the ColorSystem network to even<br />

more collision repair shops and in more countries.”<br />

As part of the agreement, Axalta will also provide its<br />

latest, innovative Fast Cure Low Energy technology paint<br />

system. This system has the potential to reduce carbon<br />

equivalent emissions and energy consumption by up to<br />

45% as compared to standard paint technologies.<br />

As part of the agreement, Axalta will also provide its<br />

latest, innovative Fast Cure Low Energy technology paint<br />

system.<br />

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Machines<br />






<strong>September</strong>-<strong>October</strong> <strong>issue</strong> l <strong>2023</strong><br />

If you’re looking for a reliable and versatile tool to<br />

bend pipes for your auto shop, you’ve come to the<br />

right place. In this blog post, we’ll provide you with<br />

a comprehensive guide to pipe benders and bending<br />

machines. We’ll cover everything from their benefits,<br />

features, types, and models. Whether you need to bend<br />

exhaust pipes, roll bars, frames, or other metal tubing,<br />

we’ll help you find the best pipe bender for your needs<br />

and budget.<br />

Image: Courtesy<br />


MACHINE?<br />

Pipe benders and bending machines are essential for<br />

auto shops. In fact, they allow you to customize shapes<br />

and angles for your pipes without compromising their<br />

strength, integrity, or appearance.<br />

Pipe-bending is a skill that requires precision and<br />

accuracy. Actually, using a pipe bender or bending<br />

machine can make the process much easier and safer.<br />

Pipe benders and bending machines can also save you<br />

money and time, as you can avoid buying pre-bent pipes<br />

or outsourcing the job to another shop.<br />



There are many types of pipe benders [9] available on<br />

the market, but they can be broadly classified into four<br />

categories: exhaust pipe benders, entry-level benders,<br />

heavy-duty benders, and manual benders.<br />

Each type has its own advantages and disadvantages,<br />

depending on your specific needs and preferences. Here’s<br />

a brief overview of each type:<br />


These are designed to bend exhaust pipes for cars,<br />

trucks, motorcycles, and other vehicles. They usually<br />

have a hydraulic system that provides enough power and<br />

pressure to bend thick and hard pipes.<br />

Benders also have a <strong>digital</strong> control panel that allows<br />

you to adjust the bending angle, speed, and force. Some<br />

models come with an automatic mode that bends pipes<br />

based on preset programs. Exhaust pipe benders are<br />

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ideal for professional auto shops. They are essential for<br />

bending large volumes of pipes with high accuracy and<br />

efficiency.<br />


These are suitable for beginners who want to learn how<br />

to bend pipes or do occasional projects. They are usually<br />

manual or semi-automatic, meaning that you have to<br />

operate them by hand or with a foot pedal.<br />

Entry-level benders have a simple design and a low price<br />

tag, but they also have limited capabilities and features.<br />

They can only bend thin and soft pipes, and they may not<br />

be able to create complex shapes or angles.<br />

These benders are good for small-scale or personal use,<br />

but they may not meet the standards of professional<br />

shops.<br />

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Machines<br />


Heavy-duty benders are the most powerful and robust<br />

types of bending machines. Indeed, they bend thick and<br />

hard pipes with ease. Also, they can handle heavy-duty<br />

applications, such as industrial or commercial use.<br />

They have a strong hydraulic system that delivers high<br />

pressure and force. These benders have a sturdy frame<br />

that can withstand wear and tear. Heavy-duty benders<br />

come with advanced features such as programmable<br />

logic controllers, touch screens, sensors, alarms, safety<br />

devices, etc.<br />

In effect, heavy-duty benders are the best choice for auto<br />

shops that need to bend pipes for demanding projects or<br />

clients.<br />


These are the simplest and cheapest types of pipe<br />

benders. They need no electricity or hydraulics, as they<br />

rely on your physical strength and skill to bend pipes.<br />

Manual benders consist of a metal frame with a die set<br />

that holds the pipe in place and a lever that applies<br />

force to bend the pipe. In fact, these are easy to use and<br />

maintain, but they also have many limitations.<br />

They bend small-diameter pipes with low wall<br />

thicknesses. Actually, they may not be able to create<br />

precise or consistent bends. Manual benders are suitable<br />

for occasional or DIY use, but they may not be enough<br />

for professional shops. Pipe Bender Tool Package<br />



Now that you know the different types of pipe benders,<br />

you may be wondering which model to buy for your auto<br />

shop. To help you with your decision, we’ve compiled a<br />

list of some of the best pipe bender models. This list is<br />

based on their features, performance, quality, reviews,<br />

and price. Here they are:<br />


This is an excellent exhaust pipe bender [10] that can<br />

bend up to 3-inch-diameter pipes with ease. It has a<br />

powerful hydraulic system that generates up to 58,000<br />

pounds of bending force. It also comes with a <strong>digital</strong><br />

control panel that allows you to set the desired bending<br />

angle with accuracy.<br />

This bender has an essential tooling package that<br />

includes 10 dies of various sizes and shapes. In fact,<br />

it is a great option for auto shops that need a reliable<br />

and versatile exhaust pipe bender. Huth Ben Pearson<br />

Essential Bender<br />



It is a good entry-level bender that can bend up to<br />

2.5-inch-diameter pipes with a manual operation. It has<br />

a simple and compact design that makes it easy to use<br />

and store, and a durable steel frame that can last for<br />

years.<br />

This bender also comes with a 028 die package that<br />

includes 4 dies of different sizes and shapes. Actually,<br />

the Huth Hb10 Manual Bender is a good choice for<br />

beginners who want to learn how to bend pipes or<br />

do occasional projects. Huth Ben Pearson Entry Level<br />

Bender<br />


It is a solid manual pipe bender that can bend up to<br />

3-inch-diameter pipes with a lever operation. It has<br />

heavy-duty construction. In fact, it can withstand high<br />

stress and pressure and has a swivel handle that allows<br />

you to adjust the bending angle with ease.<br />

This manual bender comes with a standard tooling<br />

package. It includes seven dies of various sizes and<br />

shapes. The Huth Bender is a good option for auto shops<br />

that need a simple and affordable manual pipe bender.<br />

Manual Pipe Bender<br />



This is a superb semi-automatic pipe bender [13] that<br />

can bend up to 3-inch-diameter pipes with a foot pedal<br />

operation. It has a hydraulic system that can produce<br />

up to 58,000 pounds of bending force and an automatic<br />

mode that can bend pipes according to preset programs.<br />

It also comes with a 302 die package that includes 10<br />

dies of different sizes and shapes. The Bendpak Bender<br />

is a great option for auto shops that need a fast and<br />

efficient semi-automatic pipe bender. Semi-Automatic<br />

Pipe Bender<br />



This is an outstanding heavy-duty pipe bender [14] that<br />

can bend up to 3-inch-diameter pipes with ease. It has a<br />

hydraulic system that generates up to 85,000 pounds of<br />

bending force. Also, it comes with a PLC that allows you<br />

to program and control the bending process.<br />

Moreover, this bender comes with a BB-2 die package<br />

that includes 12 dies of various sizes and shapes. This<br />

Bendpak Bender is the best option for auto shops that<br />

need a powerful, advanced, heavy-duty pipe bender.<br />

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