The uYilo e-Mobility Technology Innovation Programme (EMTIP), launched on the 13th March 2013 has been initiated by the Technology Innovation Agency (TIA) to fast track the development and commercialisation of key technologies that will primarily support the electric vehicle (EV) industry, with supplementary support towards electric mobility (eMobility) as a whole.
The programme aims to identify and maximise value in the niche technologies that South Africa has capacity and capability to develop or add value to adapt to local conditions. As a five year national multi-stakeholder innovation programme the focus is towards the overall eMobility ecosystem defined by renewable energy generation into smart grids, charging networks, local standardization, battery technology, electric drive train components and smart connectivity.
The existing testing services extends towards supporting materials characterization and batteries testing across all applications of which battery testing laboratory has acquired SANAS accreditation under ISO 17025 compliance. Hosted by Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University (NMMU) the programme seeks to ready South Africa for the introduction of e-mobility by creating new business opportunities and generating the know-how to support electric vehicles.
The name uYilo is derived from the local Xhosa language which means