Energy and Power Development Minister, Fortune Chasi said that the government is looking at incentivising the development of electric cars in the country.
This will enable the country to make use of alternative sources of energy, such as solar. Said Chasi:
When I spoke about electric cars (some time ago) I was the laughing stock. The idea behind an electric car is different from an iron whereby one irons their clothes while it’s connected to the socket.
People are quick to say there is no electricity, how are we going to power the cars but we have to plan because electric cars are part and parcel of us dealing with energy issues and so use of solar.
It’s very convenient that at every fuel service station we have solar-powered charging points whereby one drives in and recharge.
… Now it’s the time to think about incentivising these developments, for instance through encouraging investment in electric cars.
In some countries, there is both traditional fuel and other forms of energy to power cars so we really need to begin to think about how we can encourage investment in electric cars.
It will have its own challenge, no doubt like how long will it take to charge but those are extra issues, it’s like saying I can’t buy a car because there is no fuel.
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