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Policy to increase electric vehicle production plants

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The herald

Rudo Mandiro
Business journalist
THE government is working with local private companies to set up electric vehicle (EV) production factories in Zimbabwe, as foreseen in the National Development Strategy (NDS 1), which is expected to propel the country towards Vision 2030.

The Ministry of Energy and Electricity Development has since submitted a Zimbabwe e-mobility policy framework and roadmap to the government for review.

The policy document aims, among other things, to address the challenges of transport in the country, including the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), which will reduce the negative impacts of climate change and ensure sustainable development.

Private sector companies are working closely with government and line ministries to set up electric vehicle factories in Harare, which is expected to create significant jobs.

Three electric vehicle assembly plants have already been established in Harare by Build Your Dreams Zimbabwe (BYD), ZimTorque and Brad-Tech.

Electric vehicles are expected to significantly reduce the country’s fuel import bill in the long run.

On the part of the government, an electric vehicle (EV) development policy framework should be ready by early 2022.

The director of energy conservation and renewable energy at the Ministry of Energy and Energy Development, Dr Sosten Ziuku, said the ministry was working on a policy document on electric vehicles to improve transport, fuel costs and import duty issues.

“The government has since embarked on drafting a framework on electric mobility, which is now at an advanced stage and is expected to continue by 2022,” he said, adding that this will provide incentives. on how best to promote the adoption, investment and awareness of electric mobility according to generally acceptable standards.

Besides setting up manufacturing plants in Zimbabwe, companies will also invest in charging stations across the country, with more than 700 jobs expected to be created.

“The framework for electric mobility should describe the facets that will create an environment conducive to the growth of the industry, which includes technical, economic, financial and institutional processes,” added Dr Ziuku.

Senior technician for energy saving and renewable energy Onest Kwiridzanai added that the electronic vehicle assembly plant in Harare was due to its advantage of abundant lithium deposits.

“The electric vehicle assembly plant in Harare has also become a major attraction due to its abundant lithium deposits which are an essential component in the manufacture of batteries for vehicles,” he said.

Mobility for Africa Trust engineer Hilton Chingosho said they are preparing for the next step in the political transition that will ensure that electric vehicles are a game-changer in the transportation system.

“As a country, we are preparing for this transition by ensuring that we have the policies and frameworks in place that will address issues related to the electric vehicle value chain.

“This will complement the digital industry which the government is also striving to achieve in its vision 2030 which also plans to reduce emissions by 40%,” he said.

In order to promote the technology, the government, through WCED, purchased vehicles to be used for rental.

Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory also has a vehicle that it uses to showcase in their daily shopping as well as at exhibitions and also around 20 people who have purchased the vehicles for personal use.

The government has prioritized investments in the electric vehicle sector as part of its contribution to the fight against global warming caused by carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels and to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.