Electric cars in SA could become cheaper and more numerous on our roads now that the government has realised the age of battery-powered vehicles is upon us, and not some distant sci-fi scenario.

While the internal-combustion engine is not destined for imminent extinction, trade & industry minister Ebrahim Patel has committed to the advancement of “new-energy” vehicles with a green paper entitled “The SA Road to Production of Electric Vehicles” released on May 18 by the department of trade, industry & competition. The paper, which invites public comment by the end of May, aims to transition the local automotive industry from the internal combustion engine (ICE) era into electric vehicles (EVs)...

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