Johannesburg - Range Rover loyals wanting to go the electric route without giving up the long-distance mile-gobbling capability of petrol power now have two plug-in hybrid options to consider.
But given Eskom’s supply woes and the fact that most of our electricity is sourced from coal, which according to certain studies defeats the object of buying an EV in the first place, is now really the time to buy a vehicle that plugs into the grid?
That depends on your needs and circumstances really.
At a stretch there certainly could be a little niche for vehicles like this among well-heeled buyers who have gone off the grid with solar panels.
But driving habits are also key here - as PHEVs tend to be heavy on fuel once their batteries are depleted (due to the weight of those batteries) they need to be regularly recharged in order to make sense, so they tend to suit buyers who do more inner-city driving, but who like to have the petrol engine on hand for occasional long-distance driving.