South African born Elon Musk tweeted yesterday that South Africa will have its first Tesla dealership by end of 2019, however preorders for the Model 3 has already opened in South Africa in 2016.
Musk tweeted back in 2016 that Tesla’s cheapest electric car, the Model 3, would be heading to South Africa.
The Model 3 starts at $34,200 (roughly R500,000) for the base model which will be available early 2019. The longer range model costs $41,200 (R600,000) and the performance version costs $52,200 (R750,000).
For an extra $5,000 (R70,000) drivers can also add Enhanced Autopilot to the Tesla which will help steer, accelerate and brake the car for you. The Model 3 can accelerate from 0 to 100 km per hour in just 5.1 seconds – with a top speed of 225 km. The Performance version can reach that speed in just 3.5 seconds and a top speed of 250 km.
The top Google searches of 2018 has been released displaying the year’s major moments and biggest trends in South Africa.
In 2018 South Africans showed interest in local celebrities and news with the majority of trending search terms being about local terms rather than based on international major events. This can also be seen when looking at the top personalities searched list.
“The top questions list shows South Africans’ awareness of and curiosity about what is happening in the world around them – from celebrities to more personal concerns, while the ‘near me’ list shows just how much South Africans have come to rely on online sources to find businesses close to them,” it said.