SA to get very own EV (Joule) in 2010

With the mounting costs of daily life, such as inflation, petrol, etc. it’s nice to know there is some light at the end of the tunnel – battery powered light!

South Africans, near the end of 2010, should be able to get their hands on their own Electric Vehicle (EV), aptly named, Joule.

A few key facts are as follows:

  • Aprox. price range R200-250k
  • 6 seater MPV
  • Top speed of about 130km/h
  • Maximum range of about 200km (double distance with extra battery pack)
  • Charging time of around 7 hours (220V AC)
  • Normal safety features expected in MPVs
  • Available in front-wheel or four-wheel drive option
  • Zero emmisions
You can find out more by reading this article on Urban Sprout and here’s an article on myBroadband also.
Update: 3 April 2009 confirms the pilot vehicles will be available in 2010 with mass-production starting in 2012.

5 Responses to “SA to get very own EV (Joule) in 2010”

  1. Now if we can just get Eskom to supply some electricity…

  2. Small detail, yes šŸ™‚

  3. given that the smart car wasnt such a big hit in SA, i wonder how the public will take to the joule? we seem to like our SUV, regardless of cost!

  4. @S – I guess the Smart car (well for me anyway) was that it didn’t look/feel safe. With the Joule it’s the size of an average MPV so I think that, and lower running costs (assuming, like Tim said, Eskom can keep supplying electricity), people might actually take to it more than the Smart car.

  5. […] couple months ago I told you about the new EV, Joule, coming to South Africa. This time there’s a new electric vehicle coming to the market soon, […]

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