How Much Is An Electric Car In south Africa

What is an Electric Car?

An Electric Car (EV) is essentially an automatic vehicle with an electric motor powering it. A fully electric car does not run on or have a petrol or diesel engine.


With an Electric Car, when you place the car in ‘drive’ mode, the vehicle accelerates just like an automatic vehicle.

How Much Is An Electric Car In south Africa?

South Africans now have a wide range of electric vehicles to choose from, with prices ranging from R709,400 and going up to R4.1 million.

Despite a radical global shift to electric cars among the world’s biggest manufacturers, adoption in South Africa has been very slow.

Data from Greencape’s Electric Vehicles Market Intelligence Report showed that only 545 battery-electric models were sold in South Africa between 2013 and 2019, compared to nearly 2.75 million petrol and diesel cars.

Will electric cars work in South Africa?

The answer is no. In the South African context, electric cars are currently the dirtiest means of personal transport available, and will remain so until we have fixed our electricity generation.

How long does it take to charge an electric car?

Summary. The time it takes to charge an electric car can be as little as 30 minutes or more than 12 hours. This depends on the size of the battery and the speed of the charging point.

A typical electric car (60kWh battery) takes just under 8 hours to charge from empty-to-full with a 7kW charging point.

How long do electric cars last?

Most manufacturers have a five to eight-year warranty on their battery. However, the current prediction is that an electric car battery will last from 10 – 20 years before they need to be replaced.

Do electric cars still need oil?

Electric vehicles don’t use oil in the traditional sense because their electric motors generally don’t have oil in them that needs to be changed as do gasoline engines, but EVs may use other lubricants that should at least be checked periodically.

What are the disadvantages of electric cars?

What are the downsides to electric cars?

Their batteries need rare metals.

Making electric cars creates more emissions.

They are only as green as their power sources.

Electric cars can be expensive to buy.

You can’t drive as far in an electric car.

There aren’t enough charging points.

What is the maintenance on an electric car?

All-electric vehicles typically require less maintenance than conventional vehicles because:

The battery, motor, and associated electronics require little to no regular maintenance. There are fewer fluids, such as engine oil, that require regular maintenance.