Tesla Readies For Launch In South Africa, Birthplace Of CEO Elon Musk

JAN 1 2016 BY MARK KANE 17

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Tesla Motors doesn’t sell cars yet in Africa, but in the near future Tesla should be present in South Africa with its energy storage systems.

An office is to be opened there in early 2016 with Evan Rice (former CEO of GreenCape) as Business Development Manager.

Home Powerwall and utility-scale Powerpack will be the first Tesla products in South Africa:

“Tesla already has distribution deals in place with several renewable energy companies in South Africa, including Dako Power and Rubicon, to sell its Powerwall product.”

“While Powerwall has great potential, Rice explained, his role will be to develop the market for Tesla’s utility-scale batteries, Powerpack, which were announced earlier this year by Musk.”

Whether South Africa will also get Tesla car sales and a Supercharging network remains to be known.

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17 Comments on "Tesla Readies For Launch In South Africa, Birthplace Of CEO Elon Musk"

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Africa seems not to attract any comments…

This shows a lot about what we care about…


I wanted to say something like:

Many articles on InsideEVs have tons of comments shortly after they appear, while this one was uncommented for some hours. I was wondering if maybe we care more about what happens in US, Europe, China than what happens in Africa. To be honest I know very little about africa in general. Back in school I learned all countries and capitals, but that’s basically it. To me it seems that most people don’t really care about what is going on down there, but I might be wrong.

Sometimes I have the impression that a burning car is more important to most people than a whole continent suffering due to various reasons.

That was basically what I meant to say. Sorry for not making myself clear enough. Not a native speaker, btw.

people have just given up hope anything will ever become of Africa.

I guess we will see the first superchargers in Africa soon. 53 million people is not a small market.

You’re kidding, right? Raw population isn’t exactly the most relevant metric… Check out per capita PPP GDP, current vehicle ownership levels, ability/interest of government to offer incentives… They’re not as badly off as the rest of Africa, to be sure, but nowhere near to being a Tesla market.

Family & friends living in South Africa have told me there is a lot of interest in Powerwall for homes and Powerpack for office blocks and shopping malls.
Post apartheid there has been a huge effort to connect homes in the townships to the electricity grid. Unfortunately, it will take many more years to build lots more power stations, so there is regular load shedding so that everyone shares the available capacity. Load shedding means each house is offline for 2 to 4 hours per day. This makes a perfect fit for the Tesla battery storage. Eskom needs more revenue to build more power stations & the existing power stations have spare capacity off peak.

If load shedding is due to limited power generated, wouldn’t it be unfair that those who can afford a Powerwall could circumvent that?

IMO Powerwall makes sense, but only in connection with more solar power generated.

Depending on household income maybe a low-cost-solution would even be more preferable.
Nonetheless I appreciate that at least something is done down there.

I guess for the price of a Powerwall one could give solar panels and LED lights and cheap small powerbanks (those used for mobile phones etc) to quite a lot of people in the townships who cannot afford a Powerwall nor basic stuff.

What they likely need is a 4 hour capable ‘Power Bloc’ that sustains the Refrigerator (If they use that!) and some LED lights, Likely – about 1.5 kWh capacity to maybe 2.5 kWh Capacity, would get that under control. Could be made – even by Tesla, or Others – for that local market – at a unit cost about 1/4 of the Power-wall! So – for some $750 to $875, it could be available – at my quick guess. Offer it under financing terms equal to 25% of Current Monthly Electric Bills = Cash Payment; or with a small interest charge at payments equal to 1/12th of average local utility bills! Even My own Consumption this past Electric Bill – With 2 PC’s Running, was using ~10 kWh’s average for a Day, so 2.5 kWh’s should be able to tide them over for about 6 hours, at the same rate of energy use as I use! I am about 90%+ LED Lights now, but 10 years ago was about 95% CFL’s! TV’s and PC Monitors have been changed from Tube Types to LED Types, and that is about all the changes. My August bill from 2013 used an average of… Read more »

I looked at getting the powerwall in Australia but the numbers didnt stack up. Here is a good summary of why: https://www.billrepublic.com/cheaper-electricity-tesla-powerwall/

South Africa is a country that really needs energy storage to better manage their electricity distribution.

SA already has 27Gwh of storage from the Drakensberg pumped hydro facility and another 25Gwh to come online from the Ingula pumped hydro station.

The biggest problem is the monopoly of state owned Eskom utility company and over reliance on mega power projects. When there’s an issue like the collapsed coal silos at the 4000 MW Mahuja coal plant in 2014, it knocks out a significant chunk of the nation’s power supply further stressing the grid.

SA needs more distributed power plants, though happening with the 1.6GW of solar and wind installed in the last two years. It’s barely enough.

Also distributed storage for load shifting as there’s still excess offpeak capacity despite the current load shedding. A 1Gwh to 2Gwh of Tesla powerrack installed at different nodes of the grid should help.

In regards to EVs, the BMW i8 is the best selling with about 86 sold ytd followed by the the i3 at about 70 and lastly the Nissan leaf with about 30ytd. That’s a total of about 190 or .04% of 500000 cars sold ytd.

Still a long way to go, but the prevalence of higher priced EVs over EVs like the Leaf clearly illustrates the high income disparity.

Interesting stats, Tman! Where did you get these numbers?

Hopefully the Tesla Model 3 will go on sale here (and get the EV ball rolling) as there are LOADS of BMW 3-Series and Audi A4s on our roads, which the Model 3 is meant to be a direct competitor to.

Jose Ponies at Ev-sales blog has data up to August 2015. ev-sales.blogspot.com/2015/09/south-africa-august-2015.html?m=1

I can’t find data for September and October. NAAMSA publishes all south African sales monthly at http://www.naamsa.co.za/naamsa/

However the monthly sales is only available for the first few days of the month and you’ll need to become a paid subscriber to access prior months. but I was able to save november http://www.pdf-archive.com/2016/01/02/naamsa-sales-figure-nov-2015/

The doc contains details of all models. the 3 Evs for November 2015 are listed below;

BMW i8 – 6
BMW i3 – 1
Nissan Leaf – 1


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I have been to every country in the world and there is no country like !!South Africa!!