Africa’s first green village

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Africa’s first green village

Swisatec’s architects and project managers believe in the reality of electric vehicles at Blue Rock Village – Africa’s first green village being built near Somerset West in Cape Town.

Globally each year, the transport industry contributes around 23% of all carbon dioxide emissions, second only to electricity generation, which accounts for +-42%. It is estimated that vehicles throughout the world burn around 960-billion litres of fuel annually, and this figure increases as 100 million new vehicles are manufactured every year.

Research conducted by the uYilo e-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme at Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University found that running an all-electric Nissan LEAF for a year can cost R18 000 less than a petrol vehicle, based on the average South African annual mileage of 30 000km.

A car with a fuel economy of approximately six to eight litres per 100km at R12.40 for 95 ULP translates to the following annual cost: 6 litres/100km costs R74.4 = R22 320 annually and 8 litres/100km costs R99.2 = R29 760 annually. For an electric car, it would cost approximately R4 620 to charge over the period of a year.

Swisatec plans to include EV charging stations in the design of Blue Rock Village, especially in key areas such as underground parking of the five-star envisioned Blue Rock Hotel and Conference Centre, the Dollar House (a high-end corporate office space), the Wellness Centre and Spa, and the 40 000m2 Santa Luzia Lifestyle Centre. Phase one of the village: Giovanni Luxury Terrace Apartments is already selling, starting from R3.3 million.

‘Electric vehicles are a step in the right direction. Being the first green village in Africa, or achieving the first 6 Star Green Star Communities rating in Africa, means nothing if we cannot transform people’s lives. Our objective is to be a truly green village – we need to think and plan 20, 40, 60 years from now and make provisions for the future.’

Soon Swisatec plans to make Blue Rock Village the first to have an electric shuttle vehicle to service the whole village. Residents can summon the electric shuttle with a mobile app, as you do with an UBER ride, and they will be transported to their destination within the village.

Cars powered by batteries are nothing new. The fist vehicle was invented between 1832 and 1839, and the first commercially available car with rechargeable batteries was sold in 1881. After the end of the first world war, because petrol cars were more reliable and petrol was more available, the electric car died out.

The likes of Nissan, BMW and soon Tesla, have tested the South African market and are proving to be successful. For more information, visit

Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017

This article was featured on page 78 of SABI Magazine Issue 5 - March 2017 - August 2017 .

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