This is not a drill, former South African and real-life Bruce Wayne Elon Musk tweeted that the Rainbow Nation will be part of Tesla’s next wave of global expansion and will be able to pre-order the company’s latest vehicle. While the latest fleet addition is firmly the budget option in the family, Musk is bullish about his new baby. “It will be the best car at its price, even without options.” The $35 000 sticker on the base model will probably translate to R600 000 in our money, but that’s for a fully electric vehicle with a minimum range of around 350 km and a swift 0-100 km/h in six seconds.
While Eskom’s tariff increases will surely diminish the overall impact of EV savings in our market, knowing that you own a car that is helping save the planet will help you sleep better at night. Your family will be safe too with five star Euro NCap ratings in every category. You’ll also nett all the hardware that drives Tesla’s fabled Auto Pilot, even in the base model. The Model 3 will be a landmark car for the EV market and you can thank SA’s favourite prodigal (ex-pat) son for this blessing. $35 000, tesla.com
This article was originally published in the May 2016 issue of Popular Mechanics magazine.