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The Chinese EV That Comes With a Uniquely South African Feature: Load Shedding Back Up

Image via BYD.

Chinese EV major BYD will launch its new compact electric crossover next month in South Africa. The BYD Atto 3 is a pretty standard EV with a range of about 420km.

While car buyers in other countries might fret over the battery and other amenities, one feature in particular on this model may stand out in South Africa, where extended power shortages are now a daily reality.

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