Zimbabwe is likely to introduce electrically powered engines by 2030. This move is aimed at reducing carbon emissions that are largely blamed for fast-tracking global warming.
According to 263Chat, Elisha Moyo, a Principal Climate Changer Researcher explained that the move could be positive in as far as mitigating the effects of climate change was concerned. He added saying that it would decrease the country’s consumption towards fuel budget.
He said, “we are also going to embrace electric cars and the Ministry of Energy will reveal more on that, we are moving towards a world of technology and we won’t be left behind.”
He further noted that the fuel import bill would be drastically reduced when the electric vehicles are endorsed in the domestic and commercial sectors of the economy.
On his part, Director of Climate Change Management Department (CCMD) in the Ministry of Lands, Agriculture, Climate, Water and Rural Resettlement, Washington Zhakata said that the country needs to move with time and adopt eco-friendly power mechanisms.
He highlighted saying “in some parts of the industry we are having up to eight hours with no power and that is affecting our development as a country. We might need to take advantage of that and substitute with renewable fuel that is also environment-friendly”.
He, however, pointed out that it would be very difficult for the economy to get back on track considering that the country is already having power supply deficit which has had a huge toll on the industries adding that gas emissions are contributing to climate change as evidenced with the cyclones hitting the continent.
Meanwhile, Zera plans to assist in setting up systems for commercial electric vehicles fleets (car rentals and taxis, among others) by conducting stakeholder awareness workshops; introducing charging points at vantage points; demonstrating the electric vehicles when delivered; developing pamphlets and newspaper adverts as part of the sensitization process.