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Featured in Issue 4 2024

“As soon as the market is ready, we are ready”

When will Volvo introduce electric buses in South Africa? And what role will Volvo Buses play in shaping the future of urban mobility and smart cities? These were just two of the questions CHARLEEN CLARKE posed to Manish Sahi, Vice President – Middle East, Africa and CIS at Volvo Bus Corporation, in this exclusive interview.

Loud and proud!

I need to tell you that I am mighty proud of our industry. We’re doing a terrific job – especially when it comes to saving the planet.

Factory roof-powered delivery vehicles

In the future, South African businesses could use their large solar installations to overcome loadshedding and fuel their road fleets, says Justin Coetzee, CEO of fleet technology company GoMetro.

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LCV Sales

Domestic sales of new light commercial vehicles, bakkies and mini-buses at 9,646 units during April 2024 recorded a decline of 953 units, or a loss of 9.0%, from the 10,599 light commercial vehicles sold during April 2023.

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MCV Sales

A total of 590 medium commercial vehicles were sold in April 2024, an increase of 33 units, or 5.9% more than the 557 units sold in April 2023.

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HCV Sales

Sales of heavy trucks and buses reflected a sound performance for April 2024 – at 1,964 units. This an increase of 241 vehicles, or 14.0% more, than the 1,723 units sold in the corresponding month last year.

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Stig Hoffner works at Luossavaara-Kiirunavaara Aktiebolag (LKAB), a state-owned Swedish mining company. The company mines iron ore at Kiruna and Malmberget in northern Sweden. Hoffner loves his job so much that he doesn’t want to retire. Why? Because he gets to drive Scania’s electric truck every day. Since late 2022, LKAB has used the truck at the company’s iron ore mine in Malmberget. The Scania 25P XT all-electric heavy tipper can carry 49 tonnes of load and transports residual products. Watch The Stig (sorry, we couldn’t resist that) and his truck in action here!

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