Joule - South Africa's first electric car
South Africa's Electric car The Joule to be sold on world market
The Joule is a working prototype which has now been approved for production on the world market as soon as end 2012. The Joule is the creation of the green folk at Optimal Energy and is a dream come true for the young South African company to have such a successfull product as the Joule from an early undertaking.
The Joule Electric CAR
The Joule Electric Car
The Joule specifications
The genius behind the Joule electric car will put the electric car into production in South Africa with assistance from an un-named German company in mid of 2010.
The pilot program for the run out of the first Joule Electric car production will take place under the watchful eye of designers Optimal Energy.
The Joule electric car was originally designed as a 6 seater, but after careful reasearch into the market and for optimal use of storage space and boot trunk space, will be launched as a 5 seater hatchback.
The power storage of the Joule electrics will allow the engine to be driven for a distance of roughly 180 miles on the open road. Due to the ability for the brakes to recharge the engine, the electrical storage will enable greater city driving distance of roughly 200 miles before the need for a recharge.
The Joule is understandably silent when running, but has undergone a series of noise dampening design elements due to the lack of noise reduction usually associated to a petrol engine over the noise created by winds and aerodynamics. The whisper effect is in essence the success story of the Joule electric car giving utter silence in motion.
South Africa's Joule Electric Car
Good news for South African Joule Electric Car
The good news about the Joule is that the point of manufacture will be carried out in the East London motoring centre with employment of about 10 000 jobs to be expected. Production should commence in the spring of 2010 with the initial rollout of about 50 000 units to be expected for availability on the world market in late 2012. The South African market has a reserve consumption estimated at roughly 10 % of the total production. The sales price for these environmentally sound vehicles is expected at around $ 35 000 or R 245 000.
The Joule is definitely starting point to charter safer and cleaning environments for our vehicles and should spawn an effort to create only better and faster electric cars into the future with less need for oil products.