New energy vehicle sales skyrocket in South Africa

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South Africans move to hybrid cars

New energy vehicle (NEV) sales in South Africa have skyrocketed in the past two years, with manufacturers selling 6,850 more NEVs in 2023 than in 2021.

This means more motorists in the country are ditching their petrol and diesel-powered cars for newer, cleaner technologies.
 
Plug in hybrid is most suitable for South African environment. Just enough battery for your daily commute. Petrol tank for longer trips, overtakes and load shedding.
 
Plug in hybrid is most suitable for South African environment. Just enough battery for your daily commute. Petrol tank for longer trips, overtakes and load shedding.
Would be perfect. Free commute to the shops, plug car back in when done. Too bad we get raped on pricing.
 
Would be perfect. Free commute to the shops, plug car back in when done. Too bad we get raped on pricing.
Exactly

For me
10km to work and back, once a week
6km to kids school, twice daily

I can walk to the supermarket, so honestly wont even bother driving.

I drove 3200kms in 1 year, and a few was to Simonstown and Root 44. Should I even service my car? Toyota says wait another year.

Thing with Electric - battery lasts maybe 10 years and some longer
Things with Hybrid is battery also lasts 10 years some longer.

With Hybrid it would be between the Honda Fit E or the Corolla Cross XR Hybrid. Both dont need plugin, but costs are pricey. So the Suzuki Swift does about 4.4l in its std engine. (Yes they are tincans, but weight = fuel).

An electric cars at about the 300k price figure or so, like an I10 electric, would be perfectly fine. I have 2 cars, so the Corolla Cross XR Hybrid will be fine for longer trips (even non hybrid). For daily commute electric is perfect.

So what is needed? We have already asked my work at their parking area if they can install car chargers. My friend in Europe sent me a video where every 2-3 minutes they pass another charging station or location. Taxis can also benefit because they can charge while waiting for passengers.
 
So install charging points at offices, malls, parking lots, some schools, etc. And it will work just fine.
 
My favorite is:

A Toyota hilux tries to cross a river and gets stuck half way, everyone is like wow, it got so far but that terrain is too difficult.

A Tesla Cyber Truck tries to cross the same river, gets half way. All the comments are “terrible car. Electric rubbish, never buy an EV…”

Humans are fickle and like to align to mass opinion like sheep lol.
 
Plug in hybrid is most suitable for South African environment. Just enough battery for your daily commute. Petrol tank for longer trips, overtakes and load shedding.

This is better.

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My favorite is:

A Toyota hilux tries to cross a river and gets stuck half way, everyone is like wow, it got so far but that terrain is too difficult.

A Tesla Cyber Truck tries to cross the same river, gets half way. All the comments are “terrible car. Electric rubbish, never buy an EV…”

Humans are fickle and like to align to mass opinion like sheep lol.
You know or the villager crosses the river on the bridge and the Toyota Hilux gets stuck and its battery it kaput.

But hey lets get a Landcruiser.

 
The downside of owning one of those Hiluxes you praise?

Your chance of it getting stolen or hijacked is extremely high in SA. But why?

Toyota Hilux + Toyota Fortuner + Toyota Quantum (yes the mini bus taxi) = SAME ENGINE.
 
I have one of these hybrids in NZ. secondhand.
Uses an insanely small amount of fuel for town driving. Long distance saving is ok.

PEV cars here do about 50km before ice engine takeover.
Both need about 50000+ km of driving to break even on fuel costs vs the extra on purchase price.
 
The downside of owning one of those Hiluxes you praise?

Your chance of it getting stolen or hijacked is extremely high in SA. But why?

Toyota Hilux + Toyota Fortuner + Toyota Quantum (yes the mini bus taxi) = SAME ENGINE.

Heard that the chassis is compatible as well. Apparently there is a few 4x4 converted quantums rolling around in Moz and Lesotho. No proof, just hearsay.
 
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