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Cheap & Clean The cheapest new electric car currently on sale locally is the Mini Cooper SE for R723 000. Photo: Getty Images
Cheap & Clean The cheapest new electric car currently on sale locally is the Mini Cooper SE for R723 000. Photo: Getty Images

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The vultures will have our bones if we’re stranded with a flat battery,” I say to Page, half-jokingly, as we contemplate our electric-only journey through the Karoo. I was suffering from a mild case of “range anxiety”, which is the fear of running out of power while driving a fully electric car, which is also known as a battery electric vehicle (BEV).

Range anxiety in a BEV isn’t much of a thing when doing a daily 100km return trip to work, or a 300km weekend away. But, Page and I are on a mission – to drive a fully electric car from Cape Town to Jozi in the shortest possible time, with load shedding at stage 4.

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