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Monday, January 31, 2011

JOULE - SOUTH AFRICA’S ELECTRIC CAR


I had the privilege to meet Joule this month, standing in her showroom at Optimal Energy H/O, right here in Cape Town. When I saw her, the feeling was mutual - excitement to be on the road soon!

She is beautiful, intelligent and stylish!

Joule is designed by South African-born Keith Helfet, and has been developed from a static display model and engineering prototype into a pre-production prototype by Zagato’s Total Design Centre.

Full-scale production of Joule will begin at the end of 2012, with cars in showrooms by mid-2013. Key design goals for the finished product include a range of 230 kilometres based on the New European Driving Cycle (NEDC) or 300km using the Urban Dynamometer Driving Schedule (UDDS), integration with existing charging infrastructure, a genuine freeway cruising capability, seating for five, a 4-star NCAP safety rating and a retail price of €24 300 (R 237,317) in today’s terms.

Source    FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH – ALL ABOUT JOULE

1 comment:

Repair Your World said...

The Nissan Leaf will be here before the Joule is ready. Personally I think that the Joule program should be pushed forward as fast as possible so that it is the first full electrical car in the South African market and so that people can start buying it now.