Neil du Preez is Founder at MellowVans. He is passionate about urban transport and the development of last mile delivery solutions. We discuss last mile delivery, safer cities, entrepreneurship, autonomous driving technologies, the practicality of drones, local manufacturing and the need for a better education system.
About Neil du Preez
I lead the award-winning Mellow Mobility, which is a South African developer of light electric utility vehicles. I am passionate about urban transport, and the development of last-mile delivery solutions.
Global Gifted Citizen Award, in Puebla, Mexico. Mail & Guardian's top young South Africans for 2016 Siemens Foundation’s Empowering People Award. I was a speaker at the Climate Innovation Centre and at the World Bank's South African Sustainability Conference, Microsoft's BizSpark program, and the Durban Innovation Summit.
Winner the Challenge Cup, supported by the US Chamber of Commerce (Washington DC) Winner of the African Entrepreneurship Award Winner of the World Bank Climate Solver Award. Top 3 finalists in the Global Innovation Challenge African Innovation Prize finalist Forbes Magazine: 7 most Innovative companies in Africa.
Mellowcabs develops and manufactures light electric cargo vehicles, called MellowVans that provide low-cost, efficient, and emission-free delivery services in cities. We are based in Stellenbosch, South Africa.
Mellowvans are South African developed and manufactured electric delivery vehicles that provide low-cost and emission-free last-mile transport.
Our vehicles also offer premium branding space in high-value environments.
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