2022 will see at least 13 new battery-electric vehicles (BEV) models confirmed to launch in the country, this does not include any models that might still arrive based on other manufacturers’ previous announcements.

Barring any delays caused by the ongoing global chip shortage, 2022 will see the biggest number of new  (BEVs) launched in South Africa in a single year.

Mercedes-Benz will also be bringing its first electric cars to the market, with four rolling out in the mid-2022.

Audi will have the largest number of the new range ofelectric cars in the coming year, with five set to launch in the first quarter of the year and one for which a launch date still to be confirmed.

BMW is adding three new models during the second quarter of the year to join its i3.

The German carmakers seem to believe South Africa could be a ripe future market for electric cars. 

In 2021, numerous major car manufacturers announced major plans that would see them shifting a large portion of their vehicle line-ups from internal combustion engines (ICEs) to fully electric or hybrid-electric engines over the next 10 or so year.

The changes areexpected to significantly impact South Africa’s vehicle manufacturing industry, which exports well over 200,000 cars to foreign markets each year.

Many of these countries have introduced legislation that will see them take many ICE cars off their roads to rapidly expand electric charging infrastructure.

South Africa is behind the curve on electric vehicles, especially compared to developed countries.

154 were BEV models units in 2019,  Out of the hundreds of thousands of cars sold in the country in the same year, followed by only 92 in the pandemic-troubled 2020.

This likely because South Africans only have a choice of six BEV models to choose from

These are: the BMW i3, Mini Cooper SE, Jaguar i-Pace, Porsche Taycan, Porsche Taycan Cross Turismo, and Volvo XC40.

The cheapest of these is the Mini Cooper SE, which starts at R658,000.

Audi e-tron 50

  • Engine power/torque: 230kW/540Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 7 seconds
  • Range: 280-300km
  • Price: TBC


Audi e-tron 55 advanced / S Line

  • Engine power/torque: 300kW/664Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds
  • Range: 369-441km
  • Price: R1,990,000 / R2,045,000


Audi e-tron Sportback 55

  • Engine power/torque: 300kW/664Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 5.7 seconds
  • Range: 372-453km
  • Price: R2,115,000


Audi e-tron S Sportback

  • Engine power/torque: 370kW/973Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.5 seconds
  • Range: 347-378km
  • Price: R2,425,000


Audi e-tron GT quattro

  • Engine power/torque: 350kW/630Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 4.5 seconds
  • Range: 452-488km
  • Price: R2,715,000


Audi RS e-tron GT

  • Engine power/torque: 440kW/830Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 3.3 seconds
  • Range: 433-472km
  • Price: R3,300,000

BMW iX xDrive40 /xDrive50

  • Engine power: 240kW/385kW
  • Torque: 630Nm/765Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 6.1 seconds/ 4.6 seconds
  • Range: 390-425km / 570-630km
  • Price: R1,650,000 / R2,175,000


BMW iX3

  • Engine power/torque: TBC
  • 0-100km/h: TBC
  • Range: Up to 460km
  • Price: TBC


BMW i4 M50

  • Engine power/torque: 400kW/795Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 3.9 seconds
  • Range: 510km
  • Price: TBC


Mercedes-Benz EQA

  • Engine power/torque: 140kW/375Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 8.9 seconds
  • Range: Up to 493km
  • Price: TBC


Mercedes-Benz EQB

  • Engine power/torque: TBC
  • 0-100km/h: TBC
  • Range: TBC
  • Price: TBC


Mercedes-Benz EQE

  • Engine power/torque: 215kW/530Nm
  • 0-100km/h: 6 seconds
  • Range: Up to 535km
  • Price: TBC


Mercedes-Benz EQS

  • Engine power/torque: 245kW
  • 0-100km/h: 6.2 seconds
  • Range: Up to 785km
  • Price: TBC