Road tripping in an EV is not on top of mind for South Africans, but I jumped at the opportunity to take the Audi RS e-tron GT on a getaway outside Gauteng. This was before the latest spate of load-shedding and during my trip it intensified to stage 5 and 6 within 24 hours. The irony was not lost on me.

Before leaving, it involved researching routes with chargers that matched my range and proximity to a hotel. I tried’s filter for EV charging, but it was unreliable. I called the hostelry to confirm its on-site charger and nobody knew what I was talking about.

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