Elon Musk hints at a Tesla Store Planned For South Africa Next Year

Elon Musk hints at a Tesla Store Planned For South Africa Next Year

Add South Africa to the growing list of countries where Tesla will have a store. Elon Musk tweeted on December 11 that Tesla is planning to open its first store in his native country next year. Well, probably next year.

While that is good news for South Africans, the idea of bringing electric cars to that nation is fraught with technical challenges. The electrical grid there is chaotic, with rolling blackouts common. Selling cars will be easy. Creating a network of Supercharger locations to keep them charged will be hard. So far, electric cars are enjoyed only by South Africa’s wealthiest citizens, according to Fortune.

This is interesting as EVs have not really featured in South Africa at all and I can't imagine Tesla doing this launch unless there is some expected traction in South Africa. The only pity is this is another EV for the wealthy. South Africa really needs cheaper EVs like those appearing in Europe and China. That said, Tesla did help make EVs go mainstream in the US, so who knows...

See https://cleantechnica.com/2018/12/12/tesla-model-3-comes-to-japan-tesla-store-scheduled-for-south-africa-next-year/


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