South Africans will be able to buy a Tesla electric vehicles by the end of 2019, if billionaire Elon Musk keeps to his word.
The cheapest of its cars, the Tesla Model 3, starts at R500,000 - before import costs and South Africa’s 25% duty on imported electric vehicles are considered.
In reply to a tweet on Tuesday morning, South African-born Musk said Tesla would likely open a South African store in 2019.
Probably end of next year— Elon Musk (@elonmusk) December 11, 2018
In 2016, the 47-year-old entrepreneur tweeted that Tesla's cheapest car, the Model 3, would be heading to South Africa.
The Model 3 starts at $34,200 (roughly R500,000) for the base model which will be available early 2019. The longer range model costs $41,200 (R600,000) and the performance version costs $52,200 (R750,000).
For an extra $5,000 (R70,000) drivers can also add Enhanced Autopilot to the Tesla which will help steer, accelerate and brake the car for you.
Enhanced Autopilot also automatically change lanes on highways to overtake other cars or navigate to interchanges and exits.
The Model 3 can seat five people and has a range of around 355 km. The performance model has a range of roughly 500km.
The vehicle can charge anywhere where there is an electrical plug. It comes in five different exterior colours, and black and white interior colours.
The Model 3 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 5.1 seconds - with a top speed of 225 km. The Performance can reach that speed in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km.
Musk has previously described the Model 3 as an entry level model, designed specifically for mass appeal.
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