Elon Musk’s ‘affordable’ Tesla

Elon Musk’s ‘affordable’ Tesla Model 3 electric car to launch in South Africa

Will the Tesla Model 3 take off in South Africa?

Elon Musk’s ‘affordable’ Tesla

Tesla unveiled its lowest-cost vehicle today – the Tesla Model 3 electric car.

The basic model will start at $35,000 (approximately R520,000) and have a range of at least 346km per charge.

The vehicles can be ordered in advance in dozens of countries, including South Africa, Brazil, India, China, the UK, Ireland and New Zealand.

South Africans just need to put down a $1,000 deposit in order to pre-order their Tesla Model 3.

A closer look at Tesla Model 3


Deliveries in South Africa are expected to begin during 2018.

Chief executive Elon Musk said that once production is at full speed, his goal is to produce about 500,000 vehicles a year.

About the Model 3

  • The base model will accelerate from zero to 97km/h in less than six seconds
  • It includes the “autopilot” safety features, allowing the cars to steer themselves and avoid collisions
  • It supports “supercharging” as standard, allowing the cars to recharge more quickly at special power stations
  • It has storage room at the front and rear


Watch the unveiling