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SURVIVING THE CRUNCH

Until government gives it a push, SA will lose the race to electric cars

SURVIVING THE CRUNCH: With our fast rising fuel price, when will SA see cheaper electric cars?

Group motoring editor

Although reports of petrol reaching R40 a litre seem far-fetched, recent fuel hikes might make more South Africans consider making the switch from internal combustion engines (ICE) to electric power.

Right now that’s not an option for most motorists, as electric vehicles (EVs) are priced beyond their reach. Most EVs are luxury high-performance cars that cost well north of R1m and are aimed at well-heeled consumers seeking planet-friendly cars at the cutting edge of technology.

These early adopters will find much to enjoy in EVs, particularly their low running costs and silent and swift performance, characteristics that earned the Jaguar I-Pace SA’s 2020 Car of the Year title...

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