South African tech startup launches first electric Car

Mazibuko Motors
Founded in July 2020 by innovative entrepreneur Nhlanhla Mazibuko, the car tech startup aims to fast track the transition from fossil fuel-based transportation to a tailpipe-free one through the introduction of battery electric vehicles.

“We are currently the only startup (that we know of) developing full passage battery electric vehicles from the ground up, we are also technology based and focused. Broken down, Mazibuko Motor Company is a host of mini-start-ups, solar installations, and battery storage,self-driving technology, charging stations and battery electric vehicles, ” explains Mazibuko.

The M1B Pick Up is a dual-motor all-wheel-drive battery electric bakkie.

As a fully-self funded startup from inception, Mazibuko Motors is reportedly planning to enter a seed round of funding to increase investment into the startup.

Mazibuko provides insight into the technology used to create the sustainable-first bakkie. 

“As a self funded start-up we had to be creative with our development and what we did was use a computer Model-Based Design approach. We make use of software to design, simulate and develop our vehicles, this approach yields almost 60% reduction in normal vehicle development costs.”

Plans that are on the cards for the Gauteng-based startup is to create more models in electric vehicles and will be released alongside the bakkie. In addition, the startup aims to push to market its other services offered such as solar and battery storage. 

Featured image: Mazibuko Motors,a rendered image

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s