• The likes of Jaguar and Volvo already have full electric models for sale.
• Numerous automakers are planning to have more hybrid or EVs in their lineups.
• One of the biggest obstacles regarding the purchase of EVs is the price tag.
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Electric vehicles are becoming a daily topic of discussion because that is where automobility is going - a clean and green solution for the environment.
Automakers like Jaguar, Nissan and Volvo are making serious inroads into electric mobility and plan to have just hybrid or EVs in their lineup in the coming decades.
South Africans have yet to be sold on the idea of owning an EV simply because of how expensive one is, and the availability of infrastructure associated where charging is concerned.
Although most of the vehicles in the video above are not available locally, South Africans have the Porsche Taycan, Mini Cooper SE, Jaguar I-Pace, and BMW i3 on offer to buy into electric vehicles. Volvo's XC40 P8 Recharge arrives later this year, and 2022 will see Audi bring its e-tron, along with BMW's new iX3 SUV which is one of the cars featured in the video.
The problem with EVs is its price, and the average South African could not afford any of the cars available mentioned above. There is the more affordable Eleksa CityBug, but there isn't too much faith in the brand just yet.
No one would've thought that one day even the iconic Ford Mustang would be recreated into an all-electric SUV - it just shows that times are well and truly changing. Hybrid systems represent the alternative option for those not yet ready to commit to EVs fully.
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A changing landscape
Combustion performance cars are known for their sheer loudness, but that will all change. Electric motors and battery packs will take their place, where a mere whine only indicates how fast one is going.
On the other hand, it will be some time before EVs are fully integrated into the motoring sphere. Combustion engines are still and alive and kicking, but in the next decade or two, they will be no more.