South Africa is getting its lightest and most affordable electric vehicle (EV), Chinese import the Funky FE-1, which is set to launch early in 2023. It is expected to sell for about R190,000.

This follows the release of another small EV, the Eleksa CityBug, which went on sale last year and is priced at R237,000.

The Funky FE-1 was first showcased at the Smarter Mobility Africa summit at the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research (CSIR) in Tshwane earlier this month.

Funky Electric co-founder Adele Theron says the idea to bring it to South Africa came while she and her husband were living in China in 2020, tending to their restaurant business. They also have restaurants in the UK.

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