In 1900 almost all the vehicles on the roads of New York were horse-drawn. A few hundred may have been cars. By 1905, the number had risen to 23,000, and by 1908 there were 100,000 in the city. The 21st century shift from fuel-powered cars to electric vehicles will probably be a lot slower, however, and SA is bound to be a few years behind the rest of the world. But the process could be accelerated by the arrival next year of Jaguar Land Rover’s I-Pace, the company’s first full electric vehicle. After a global introduction and much hype, Britain’s largest car manufacturer is preparing an SA launch in the first half of 2019. The I-Pace brings together the driving dynamics of a Jaguar and the practicality of a 4x4. Global reviews say the I-Pace gives Tesla electric cars decent competition — and it is considerably cheaper. The I-Pace’s planned arrival will help cement the future of electric vehicles in SA, and Jaguar Land Rover aims to offer some degree of electrification on every new ...

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