A green energy company, SolarTaxi Ghana Limited, has hinted at plans to begin the local assembling of electric cars next year.
Already, the company is locally assembling its electric motorbikes and tricycles.
Chief Executive Officer of the Company, Jorge Appiah made this known in an interview on 21 minutes with KKB.
“We have three types of vehicles – the cars, bikes, and the tricycles. For the bikes we design and reassemble them locally. We have an engineering team that takes care of the designs and we place order for the parts supplies. We currently assemble in Accra and Kumasi,” he said.
“We don’t assemble the cars here currently. We are raising investments to start assembling. We are looking at the first quarter of next year. This will help us scale up our production,” Jorge Appiah added.
Jorge Appiah is advocating for Ghanaians to move away from the use of fuel-powered vehicles, arguing that they are not environmentally friendly.
He believes that the continent is developing, but at the expense of the environment.
With the cost of fuel rising at an increasing rate, Jorge Appiah believes that electric cars will help Ghanaians save money, whilst addressing the concerns for the environment too.
“In most African economies, the economy depends about on 70% of transportation. It is one of the sectors where the slightest increase in the cost of transport affects everything including education and healthcare. It becomes important to discuss how we address something like that. There is also the issue of climate change. We are at the juncture where Africa is poised to develop and if care is not taken, we will develop by polluting.”