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KANTANKA TO PRODUCE ELECTRIC VEHICLES IN GHANA

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Kantanka Automobile is expected to release into the local market electric vehicles (EVs) as the country looks forward to the use of these cars.

Kantanka Automobile is expected to release into the local market electric vehicles (EVs) as the country looks forward to the use of these cars.

Kwabena Frimpong-Boateng, the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, made this known at a dissemination workshop on electric mobility technology (EMT) policy for implementation in Ghana.

The programme was organised by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with support from the European Union, FiA Foundation, Global Fuel Economy Initiative, United Nations Environment Programme and Hewlett Foundation, and sought to share knowledge and brainstorm on the EMT.

Professor Frimpong-Boateng said the company’s move and the application of advances in EMT could contribute significantly towards improved air quality and energy efficiency.

He added that it would also complement global efforts of reducing transport-related emissions and greenhouse gases.

“With the rising growth in vehicle numbers and increasing energy demand, there is an increasing pressure on countries that rely heavily on fuel imports to make adequate budgetary provisions,” he said.

According to him, the global use of EVs in the automobile mix would help reduce dependency on fuels which will in turn improve public health.

EV framework

The deputy director of the EPA, Ebenezer Appah-Sarpong, said that in response to growing concerns about energy cost, energy dependency and environmental damage, interest on adoption of EVs had grown widely.

“We conducted a recent study on cleaner bus standards, vehicle inventory and fuel economy standards and vehicular emissions and drafted policy strategies for implementation. In order not to be taken by storm, Ghana is planning ahead for the introduction of EVs,” he said.

An official of the Ghana Road Transport Co-ordination Council, Andrew Kwakye, said with constant increase in petroleum prices and running cost of conventional vehicles, EVs are one of the best alternatives.

To this end, he appealed to the government to set up an appropriate policy framework that will create the regulatory regime for EVs to start operating in Ghana.

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