Electric cars

Best Electric Cars in South Africa — With Prices

Electric vehicles (EVs) are known to provide excellent acceleration performance, and South Africans have several high-performance EVs to choose from.

South Africa’s most impressive high-performance electric vehicle is the Porsche Taycan Turbo S, with a 0-60 mph time of 2.8 seconds.

Its electric motors produce 560 kW of power and 1,050 Nm of torque, and its battery can carry the vehicle 390 to 416 km on a single charge.

It is also the most expensive vehicle in our table at R4,061,000.

The Audi RS e-tron GT takes second place in terms of acceleration, reaching 100 km/h from 0 in 3.3 seconds. Although it doesn’t accelerate as fast as the Porsche, Audi’s specs show it should be able to travel farther on a single charge.

Its theoretical range is 433-472km, and those lucky enough to buy one can expect to shell out R3,300,000.

The other cars listed aren’t high-performance cars per se, but each has a 0-60 mph acceleration time of less than five seconds.

The BMW iX xDrive50 was launched in South Africa in early 2022, and it is the largest vehicle listed in the article. It has a price tag of R2,175,000.

With a 0-100 km/h time of 4.6 seconds, this is the fastest sports utility vehicle (SUV) type electric car you can buy in South Africa.

The Jaguar i-Pace and the Volvo XC40 Recharge offer similar performance. Both produce around 300kW of power and have similar torque figures.

The Jaguar i-Pace will beat the Volvo XC40 in a 0.1 second 100 km/h run. However, the Volvo costs R1,200,000, while the Jaguar costs R2,000,000, making it an expensive advantage of 0.1 seconds.

If you were to rank cars based on their South African sales figures rather than engine performance, the Mini Cooper SE would top the list.

According to a BusinessDay reportMini sold 68 Cooper SE units in 2021. It accounted for 31% of total electric vehicle sales in South Africa last year.

Five of the most capable electric vehicles you can buy in South Africa are listed below.

Where there were multiple configurations, such as the Audi e-tron, we’ve only included the top-performing models from each brand.

Porsche Taycan Turbo S

  • Motor power/torque: 560kW/1,050Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 2.8 seconds
  • Vary: 390-416 kilometers
  • Price: R4,061,000

Audi RS e-tron GT

  • Motor power/torque: 440kW/830Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 3.3 seconds
  • Vary: 433-472km
  • Price: R3,300,000

BMW iX xDrive50

  • Motor power/torque: 385kW/765Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.6 seconds
  • Vary: 549-630km
  • Price: R2,175,000

Jaguar i-pace

  • Motor power/torque: 294kW/696Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.8 seconds
  • Vary: 446km
  • Price: From 2,000,000

Volvo XC40 Refill

  • Motor power/torque: 300kW/660Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.9 seconds
  • Vary: 418km
  • Price: From R1,200,000

Honorable Mention (Best Sellers): Mini Cooper SE

  • Motor power/torque: 13k5W/270Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 7.3 seconds
  • Vary: 215km
  • Price: R681,000

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