• Electric mobility is approaching much faster than we all expected.
• Elon Musk's Cybertruck has already surpassed one million pre-orders.
• A South African businessman, Nhlanhla Mazibuko, intends to build SA's first electric bakkie.
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The answer right now is no. However, it's only a matter of time before South Africans are treated to a feast of EV bakkies. Not only is a local company developing an EV bakkie, but on a global front, we're seeing the development of scores of EV bakkies.
First, the local story: A businessman called Nhlanhla Mazibuko has founded a battery-electric and technology company called Mazibuko Motor Company (of which he is also the CEO). He aims to produce the M1B, which will be the continent's first EV bakkie. The vehicle - which has yet to go into production - will offer 500kW of power, 1300Nm of torque, a range of 400km, and a zero to 100km/h time of under five seconds. A 120kWh battery will power it.