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Optimal Energy Looks to 2010 Production Date for Joule Electric Car

Company hoping to produce about 50,000 cars a year, both for local and international markets.

Published: 06-Oct-2008

Durban -- The production of South Africa's first environmentally-friendly electric car will commence at the end of 2010, said the CEO of the company that will produce the car.

"The production of Rs two million electric car, Joule would start at the end of 2010, the prototype of which has been unveiled at the Paris Car show," said Kobus Meiring while speaking to PTI over phone from Paris.

Meiring said the Joule would be a six-seater multi-purpose electric car that would run for about 200 km before the battery had to be re-charged.

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