South Africa's best-selling electric cars of 2023

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Top-selling electric cars in South Africa

The Volvo XC40 Recharge was South Africa's best-selling electric vehicle (EV) in 2023, while BMW was the top-selling EV brand.

That is according to data from the National Automobile Association of South Africa (Naamsa) and Lightstone Auto, as shared by Electric Drive Africa.
 
Here’s how many EVs and hybrids were sold in SA in 2023

Just how many traditional hybrids, plug-in hybrids and fully electric vehicles were sold in South Africa in 2023? Let’s take a closer look at the official sales figures…

According to figures released by Naamsa, sales of electric vehicles (EVs), traditional hybrids and plug-in hybrids – or, to put it another way, new-energy vehicles (NEVs) – in South Africa increased 64.6% year on year to 7 693 units in 2023. It’s worth noting this growth came off the back of a year-on-year surge of 431.7% achieved in 2022.

Of course, 2023’s NEV sales tally isn’t quite as impressive when expressed as a percentage of the overall market total, which came in at 532 098 units (0.5% up, year on year). Indeed, NEVs accounted for just 1.45% of total new-vehicle sales last year, though this was at least the first breach of the 1% mark (2022’s figure was 0.88%). For the record, mild hybrids don’t appear to be included in this exercise.

According to the industry representative body, 931 fully electric vehicles were registered locally in 2023, up 85.46% year on year. Volvo Car South Africa says its XC40 Recharge was the country’s top seller in this space last year, capturing 16.6% of the EV market.

 
The XC40 Recharge, recently renamed the EX40, led the way for individual models, recording 150 sales during the year.
Who said a name change can't be a good thing.
 
Wow!
EVs sales have really taken off.
This is great news.

The article doesn't give that stats (obviously), but in 2023 EV sales made up nearly 0.18% of new vehicle sales.

At this rate, in 15 or 20 years, we'll be selling more EVs that ICE or Hybrid powered vehicles.

Unstoppable Juggernaut of Lithium....
 
Wow!
EVs sales have really taken off.
This is great news.

The article doesn't give that stats (obviously), but in 2023 EV sales made up nearly 0.18% of new vehicle sales.

At this rate, in 15 or 20 years, we'll be selling more EVs that ICE or Hybrid powered vehicles.

Unstoppable Juggernaut of Lithium....
 
Didn't play a role that time. Was only renamed this year. But still an improvement, methinks.
Absolutely, wife has the XC40 P8. Kinda awkward always having to tag on the P8 every time you mention what she drives. On top of that P8 is not intuitive for electric.
 
Wow, how does the batteries in SA cars differ from those in the US, Aus, UK etc?
-Where do you park your cars-? It seems not to be a problem here.
 
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