Electric cars are becoming increasingly popular in South Africa as people look for more environmentally friendly and efficient vehicles. Charging infrastructure around the country grows by the month, making it easier for drivers to charge their silent cars. Here is every electric car available for purchase in Mzansi right now!
Electric cars emit no pollutants and have a much lower carbon footprint than comparative petrol or diesel-powered alternatives. They are also silent, making them ideal for city driving by reducing the amount of noise pollution which plagues urban hubs. The capital cost of electric cars is typically slightly higher than traditional piston-powered vehicles, but they are cheaper to run and maintain in the long term. Popular car brands in South Africa, including Volkswagen, aims to start selling electric cars in 2022.
Here is every electric car available in SA
Suppose you’re an electric car enthusiast or advocate for green mobility. In that case, you’ll be excited to know that there are a number of all-electric cars available in South Africa right now. Whether you’re looking for a small and efficient city car or a larger family vehicle, there’s sure to be an electric car that can fit your needs. South Africans are becoming more accustomed to all-electric vehicles, as seen when the initial allocation of Volvo’s second all-electric variant, the XC40 P6 Recharge which was sold out in less than 24 hours.
If you’re ready to switch to the silent models, we have compiled a list of every electric car available in South Africa.
BMW iX3 – R1 290 000
BMW’s newest crossover SUV, the iX3, is a worthy addition to the expanding family of electric variants. BMW’s iX3 is a more affordable all-electric SUV option for those interested in the company’s previous all-electric offering, the iX.
Volvo XC40 P6 Recharge – R1 075 000
Volvo’s latest offering in our domestic market is the XC40 P6 Recharge, and orders were accepted from the 26th of July, 2022. Volvo Car South Africa claims that its one-motor version of the XC90 is the most reasonably priced all-electric luxury vehicle in the country.
BMW’s electric fleet is expanding. A four-door Gran Coupe with all the bells and whistles wrapped in classic Bavarian styling and powered by a punchy electric heart. The M50 is positioned as a forerunner in the company’s electric segment. The M50, as a member of the M family, is a performance-oriented electric Gran Coupe that doesn’t sacrifice creature comforts for genetic athleticism.
Mercedes EQS Range
The first fully electric Mercedes-Benz to bear the AMG badge has made its way to the African continent in the form of the EQS. Its lineage is similar to that of the sumptuous S-Class, but it offers a greener alternative to high-end transportation without sacrificing any of the S-potency. Mercedes have since released the EQA, EQB and EQC range into Mzansi too.
- Mercedes EQS 450+ – R2 615 700
- Mercedes-AMG EQS 53 4MATIC+ – R3 410 100
Audi E-Tron Range
The Audi e-Tron 55 Advanced, priced at R1 990 000, kicks off the lineup. This is increased to R2 045 000 by the S-line. The Audi e-Tron 55 Sportback will be available only in S-Line trim and will cost R2 115 000. While the top-of-the-line performance S variant costs R2 425 000.
- Audi e-tron 55 Advanced – R1 745 000
- Audi e-tron 55 Quattro S Line – R2 045 000
- Audi e-tron Sportback 55 Quattro S Line – R2 115 000
- Audi e-tron S Sportback Quattro – R2 425 000
- Audi e-tron GT Quattro – R2 715 000
- Audi RS e-tron GT Quattro – R3 594 000
Mini Cooper SE – R723 000
Its electric motor will deliver 135 kW and 270 N.m to the front wheels through a single-speed transmission (and an integrated differential), allowing it to sprint from 0 to 60 km/h in 3.9 seconds and from 0 to 100 km/h in 7.3 seconds. The maximum speed is limited to 150 km/h, and it is one of the most affordable electric vehicles on sale in South Africa.
Four driving modes will be available: mid, sport, green, and green+. Interestingly, the new Cooper SE is also the BMW Group’s first electrically powered model with a toggle switch that allows the driver to control the degree of energy recuperation efficiency (effectively allowing the driver to configure the system’s braking effect).
The Jaguar I-Pace Black starts at R2 074 700. Meanwhile, the flagship First Edition will set you back R1 920 700.
- Jaguar I-Pace Black – R2 074 700
Following our time with the Taycan, some CAR team members took a closer look at what Porsche has accomplished by going electric. Despite being supported by a version of the J1 Performance modular platform used by the Panamera, Bentley Continental GT, and Audi e-Tron GT, it is only about 40 mm longer than a Porsche 911.