Electric and Hybrid vehicles in South Africa. 2017, where do we stand?
Although the formation of the South African Electric Vehicle Industry Association is certainly a step in the right direction, it appears to not have done much for the local market just yet. Since October last year the number of electric and hybrid vehicles on sale in South Africa has dropped by two. Cape Town did gain one new charging station though, located at the Constantia Village mall.
Much like we saw the BMW 3 series active hybrid fall from our list last year, the 5 series has followed suit. What is surprising to see is that even the fairly recently released BMW X5 xDrive 40e is no longer available. What is left of their electric and hybrid offerings all got a marginal price increase.
Infiniti, Lexus and Nissan have all maintained their selection, as well as prices. Surprising considering the major Rand fluctuations since October last year. Mercedes-Benz posted some slight price adjustments.
Toyota also posted marginal price increases, but kept their car selection steady. Porsche meanwhile are still offering their Cayenne S E Hybrid, and have been promising to offer the Panamera 4 E Hybrid since last year already, but still without a confirmed date or price.
This brings the total number of available electric and hybrid cars in South Africa down to 18. Of which, only two are pure electric vehicles. Worryingly, not a single new vehicle has been brought to the market in the last 8 months. While the market hasn’t ever been strong locally, the decline and lack of new vehicles doesn’t bode well for the rest of the year.