The national uYilo eMobility Programme was established in 2013 as an initiative of the Technology Innovation Agency (Act 26 of 2008) to enable, facilitate and mobilise electric mobility in South Africa.

As a multi-stakeholder programme, uYilo has various activities that include government lobbying, industry engagement, pilot projects, capacity development, enterprise development and thought leadership.

uYilo’s complementing expertise and facilities are supported through national accredited battery testing, materials characterisation, vehicle systems, and a smart grid ecosystem for interoperability of the various elements of the smart grid towards achieving resilient infrastructure for electric mobility.

The programme’s technology support extends across lead-acid batteries (Automotive SLI and Stationary), lithium-ion batteries (Mobility and Stationary), raw material characterisation, battery electric vehicle systems, renewable energy, second-life electric vehicle batteries, AC and DC conductive charging, Vehicle-to-Grid ancillary grid services from electric vehicles, autonomous energy management within micro-grids and Smart Grid protocols.

With the programme established within the Eastern Cape, the reference of ‘uYilo’ means to create in the local Xhosa language, to which the programme activities relate in having to ‘create and build’ the electric mobility sector in South Africa. uYilo facilities are hosted at the Nelson Mandela University in Port Elizabeth, with a complimenting satellite office in Johannesburg.

Initiatives of the uYilo eMobility Programme contributes towards delivery to South Africa’s National Development Plan 2030, Green Transport Strategy 2050 as well as the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals.