Jaco Van Der Merwe
Head of Motoring
2 minute read
2 Sep 2021
7:26 am

More South Africans want electric cars, but can’t afford them

Jaco Van Der Merwe

The most searched for green car in South Africa is the BMW i3, with the Porsche Taycan hot on its heels.

BMW i3 one of only six fully electric cars to be sold in South Africa.

More South Africans are interested in buying electric vehicles (EVs), but the harsh reality is that few can afford them. In fact, with the most affordable new EV from a traditional carmaker carrying a price tag just shy of R700 000, only 92 was sold locally in all of 2020. EVs on offer in South Africa are the Mini Cooper S E (R686 400), BMW i3 (starting at R754 200), Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge (R1.2-million), Jaguar I-Pace (R1.9-million) and Porsche Taycan (starting at R2.2-million). South Africa’s EV pioneer the Nissan Leaf has been discontinued, while a tiny city commuter not...