Electric cars Source: Google Images

South Africa could have an electric vehicle (EV) car parc of 145000 with annual sales of new EVs of 43000 units within the next six years.

This forecast by Jaguar Land Rover South Africa was based on the uptake of EVs in the domestic market matching the global average of EVs accounting for up to 11percent of all new cars sold in 2025.

Richard Gouverneur, managing director of Jaguar Land Rover South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa, said on Friday the uptake of EVs globally had been growing exponentially, but there was some belief in South Africa that it would never take off in this country.

“There is no doubt in my mind that EVs will form a part of our future and we have no choice but to adopt electrification as part of our model and product strategy going forward in South Africa,” he said.

Jaguar Land Rover has launched the all-electric I-PACE sport utility vehicle in South Africa, which has a range of up to 470km, depending on driving style and conditions on a single charge.