- Social media is buzzing at the prospect of Tesla launching their electric cars by the end of 2019
- Tesla's owner, Elon Musk, was born in South Africa but left to the USA
- The vehicles can reportedly drive around 500 kilometres on a single charge
The excitement follows a tweet by Tesla’s founder, Elon Musk, on Tuesday.
In response to a question posed by Riccardo Spagni (@fluffypony), Musk confirmed the car manufacturer may launch in South Africa by the end of next year.
Ties between Tesla and South Africa are ever-present as Musk was born in South Africa but moved to the USA roughly 30 years ago.
The billionaire is the brains behind companies, SpaceX and Boring Company.
Mzansi is no stranger to all-electric cars as the Nissan Leaf and BMW i3 have been launched here.
However, the Tesla range brings with it a whole new level of excitement as they have come closest to mastering the art of the all-electric car.
Tesla’s Roadster pioneered the use of lithium-ion battery cells but the range is now made up of the Model S (luxury sedan), Model X (SUV) and the latest addition, the Model 3.
The Model 3 is the most affordable of the 3 options and currently retails for $35,000.
At a minimum of R500 000, the ordinary man on the street would not be in a position to afford it.
Aside from the petrol savings, the Tesla vehicles also boast fantastic speed and power.
The Autopilot feature also enables the vehicle to drive automatically without input from the driver.
Briefly.co.za also understands that the Model 3 is capable of driving up to 499 kilometres on a single charge.
It takes approximately 75 minutes to be fully charged.
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