Gallery: South Africa’s First Electric Vehicle is a Real “Joule”


We first heard about South Africa’s exciting first electric vehicle named the “Joule” last year, and are happy to bring you updated information and images. This 5 seater passenger vehicle may not be as advanced as Nissan’s Leaf or Honda’s new all-electric Fit, but it’s still impressive for a country that suffers from many economic and social setbacks. Developed by a private company called Optimal Energy (Pty) Ltd which was founded in 2005 and received government assistance, the Joule meets all UN-ECE standards and has an appropriate city range of 186 miles.

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  1. Green Joy November 25, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    Good job guys! Companies like these really are the hope for the future. We can expect small startups to really rattle the market with innovative technology or new takes on old designs.

    Juan Miguel Ruiz (Going Green)

  2. onlyarose November 25, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    How wonderful! Wishing them the best… 😉

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