South Africans will be able to buy fully electric Volkswagen vehicles in 2022. In the meantime, the company have announced their e-Golf pilot project.
This project will see six fully electric cars being tested as shuttled and courtesy cars for customers at select dealers in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
The e-Golf pilot project will see six fully electric vehicles being tested. The e-Golfs will be used as shuttles and courtesy cars for Volkswagen customers at select Volkswagen dealers in Gauteng and the Western Cape.
Hot on the heels of @VWRwanda, @VolkswagenSA launches its first electric mobility pilot project – featuring the innovative e-Golf!
It’s the first step of 3, paving the way for the inclusion of electric models in VW’s local product line-up.
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— VWSAnews (@VWSAnews) February 19, 2020
“At Volkswagen, we want to democratise electric mobility and that is why the e-Golf pilot project is a key initiative for the brand. With the help of our dealers, we want to get as many South Africans as possible to drive and experience an electric vehicle as this is the future of our brand,” said Mike Glendinning, Sales and Marketing Director for Volkswagen Group South Africa.
This is just the first phase in the project and will incorporate charging infrastructure installed in Volkswagen’s Uitenhage manufacturing plant and as well as the Dealer Training Academy in Centurion, Gauteng.
The second phase will see the expansion with a fleet of the fully-electric Volkswagen ID.3 vehicles next year.
“The e-Golf as well as the ID.3 will not be available for sale in South Africa and will be used solely for the purposes of ensuring as many South Africans as possible get to experience life with an electric vehicle,” VW added.