South Africa has always lagged behind the world when it came to offering incentives for greener motoring, but now local manufacturers will be receiving incentives to build electric cars in the country.
"South Africa must not be left behind in greening initiatives and technology," Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told reporters in Johannesburg.
He was speaking at the announcement of what had been dubbed the Electronic Vehicle Industry Road Map.
In terms of the road map, producers of electric cars would have to make 5000 such vehicles before they qualified for an incentive. The government would reimburse the manufacturer with 35 percent of his production cost over three years.
Davies said the map was meant to encourage development of infrastructure for the local production of electric cars.