New electric car to hit South African market

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.

Watch the launch, and listen to Musk explaining how climate change inspired his creation:

Tesla Unveils Model 3 from Tesla Motors on Vimeo.

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.

Source: ENCA