Tesla’s latest electric car would be available in South Africa, chief executive Elon Musk said on 31 March. The South African-born entrepreneur tweeted that the Model 3 would be sold in South Africa, India, Brazil and New Zealand, among other countries.
Adding several more countries to Model 3 order page tonight. Check for details, but will include India, Brazil, SA, SK, NZ, Sing & Ireland.
— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) March 31, 2016
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According to news website ENCA, two full-electric cars are already available in the country: the Nissan LEAF and BMW i3. But this will be the first time a full-electric car company will set up shop in South Africa.
The Model 3 can travel up to 346 kilometres after a single charge. Its lithium-ion battery pack is located under the floor.
The starting price is $35 000, about R520 000 at the current exchange rate. The Tesla website states deliveries will start in late 2017.