• The world has fast-tracked into the electric vehicle era, but South Africa is still be far behind.
• Audi is the latest automaker to announce its electric e-tron will arrive locally early 2022.
• Hybrid vehicles are a step in the right direction and a lot more "affordable" than available EVs in SA.
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Let's be frank: the few fully electric vehicles (EVs) on the market in South Africa are all eye-wateringly expensive. Yes, thanks partly to the cost of the battery as well as high import duties and taxes imposed on such vehicles by the government, you're currently not able to drive off in a new EV for less than R686 400 – the current price of the little three-door Mini Cooper SE Hatch.
Indeed, only the closely related BMW i3 likewise comes in below the R1-million mark, with the Volvo XC40 P8 Recharge, Jaguar I-Pace and Porsche Taycan (including the Cross Turismo) all starting well into seven figures.
What about hybrids? Well, they're hardly cut-price either and quite a bit more expensive than equivalent models powered purely by either petrol or diesel. But there's undoubtedly more choice here than in the pure EV segment, with as many as 58 hybrid variants on offer at last count.
Let's take a look at the three cheapest (before the launch of the locally built Toyota Corolla Cross Hybrid, that is) and three most expensive hybrid models currently on the market in SA…
Least expensive hybrids in SA
1. Honda Fit Hybrid: R469 900