Zambia Open to Having Electric Vehicles

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The government of Zambia has expressed its readiness to welcome the patronage and use of electric powered vehicles in the country.

Minister of Energy, Mathew Nkhuwa, said Zambia stands ready to join other developed regions that have already migrated to the era of electric vehicles.

In an interview with ZANIS in Lusaka, Mr Nkhuwa said the country has sufficient electricity to cater for all types of consumers.

He said the power utility firm, Zambia Electricity Supply Corporation (ZESCO), is not an issue as it is strategically positioned to fulfill its mandate in the provision of electricity.

“We welcome electric powered vehicles into the country. Therefore, people should not worry about where to find electricity to charge their vehicles. ZESCO is not an issue because we’ve got sufficient electricity in the country,” Mr Nkhuwa said.

Mr Nkhuwa assured that Zambia has got 2,900 Mega Watts (MW) of electricity and the country uses 2,200 MW at the peak.

Amilak Investments, a local based company, is expected to bring electric powered vehicles in Zambia before the end of this year from Germany.

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Amilak Investments Company Chief Executive Officer Charles Kalima disclosed that his company has partnered with a Germany firm to deliver the electric powered vehicles in Zambia.

Mr Kalima said his firm will unveil four (4) models of vehicles with the cheapest car expected to cost around 15, 000 United States Dollars.

The vehicles are propelled by a fully charged battery which needs to be charged just like a mobile phone device.

And the Minister of Energy appealed to Amilak Investments authorities to make arrangements with fuelling stations and people’s homes to act as charging points for electric vehicles. Lusaka Times

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