OPINION | The many benefits of driving an electric vehicle in SA

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The Volvo XC 40 P6 Recharge plugged in and charging.
The Volvo XC 40 P6 Recharge plugged in and charging.
Stuart Johnston


Electric vehicles (EV) are far more straightforward than fossil fuel vehicles (FFV) with their complex internal combustion engines. Guy Dormehl shares the many benefits of driving one in South Africa. 

EVs have one rotating part, a single-speed gearbox, no clutch, no hassle....in virtual silence. Smooth, with no vibrations. Simple to drive – one pedal driving. Press to go - lift to slow. No clutch or torque convertor; no gearchanges; no hesitations, just linear power and acceleration from all speeds. 

Simple and clean to keep fully charged: Charge at home at any time, but usually overnight. Merely plug in like your cellphone – quick and easy. Wake up every morning to a full car and a fresh coffee! 

READ | Premium conundrum: Volvo XC60 T8 Recharge, or is a XC40 P8 Recharge better?

No more time-consuming diversions to smelly, busy and unpleasant fuel stations. If you have to charge away from home, there are fast chargers that will top you up in 30-45 mins during a refreshment stop or shopping. And that's not all; electric vehicles have many more benefits, some hidden, some obvious. This is what we could expect if all cars were electric in our future...

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