Zimbabwe has launched an electric car as the country prepares to shift from ICE to electric vehicles. Zhemu Soda, Minister of Energy and Power Development Zhemu said this is a move to adopt electric mobility technology with its vision to go electric by 2030.
Zhemu Soda said that E-Mobility is a game-changer in the energy sector, transport system, climate outlook, and energy transition catalyst. He added, "The introduction of the electric vehicle is a development to new technologies and interventions that use clean energy ."
Soda said that EVs' adoption is set to open opportunities in the energy and automotive sectors, electronic, computer science, and engineering fields. He stated that the government t would also promote EVs' charging from renewables energy such as solar to ensure fewer gas emissions from the greenhouse.
Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) Boss Edington Mazambani said the electric vehicle launch would stimulate market growth, leading to increased EV innovations and employment. Mazambani said the coming in of this technology marks the beginning of a journey towards efficient fuel consumption management and a clean environment as the market embraces electric vehicles. He added the adoption of EVs would reduce the country's fuel import bill and improve transportation efficiency.
More awareness, education, and sensitization programs come up in all cities and towns to diversify the technology, Mazambani said. He added that Zimbabwe is currently developing an electric mobility framework to create more EVs in the country.
The electric mobility framework has countrywide targets and proposals that include duty-free imports to stimulate the sector's growth and inception of investments in at least two electric car assembly in the country. Supporting the growth of infrastructure for adopting EVs, standards, and regulations are currently coming up. The upcoming development of the E-Mobility Framework is financed courtesy of the Climate Technology Center and Network under the United Nations Environment Program.