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South African Journal of Industrial Engineering

On-line version ISSN 2224-7890
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OTTO, W.L.; DIRKSE VAN SCHALKWYK, T.  and  SCHUTTE, C.S.L.. Implementation framework for automotive technology: how to introduce hybrid and electric vehicles into automotive production lines. S. Afr. J. Ind. Eng. [online]. 2020, vol.31, n.1, pp.110-121. ISSN 2224-7890.

In 2016 Mercedes-Benz SA introduced hybrid vehicles into their East London factory, pioneering high-voltage automotive manufacturing in the country. When the implementation decision was made, the factory was given less than a year to introduce this dangerous new technology at a level that met stringent international safety and quality standards, against a backdrop of a lack of applicable local legislation. This study creates a framework whereby future highvoltage automotive projects can be introduced safely, effectively, and efficiently. The implementation framework for automotive technology (IFAT) was validated against the data of Mercedes-Benz's C350e Plug-in Hybrid Project, and aims to support the local automotive industry in its preparations for e-mobility.

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