Is Africa ready for electric vehicles?

Electric Vehicle. Pixabay
Electric vehicle. Pixabay

Popular electric vehicle(EV) producing companies have been in the news of late, mostly for their meteoric rise since their inception. One company, in particular, has propelled its leader into becoming one of the richest men on the planet. As more sectors continue to see the value in a green economy, a lot of inquisition has gone into what it would cost to produce more green products, systems, and infrastructure.

Many countries are already ahead of others in terms of adoption as the percentage of electric vehicles on the road. In Europe, for example, as of 2020, about 1% of cars on the road were electric. However, in Africa, there are still more promising prospects than products and infrastructure.

Some entities, both private and public, are making significant strides in creating more electric and energy-efficient products and infrastructure. Many African countries, including those that have shown significant intent, still have some way to go, to be up to par with world standards. As the world recovers from the economic recession induced by the pandemic, public bodies have admitted that green solutions are a good way to go restore the economy.

Building additional infrastructure like charging spots, readily available for electric vehicle owners to use, is the next step. In countries like South Africa, Uganda and Nigeria, there are already some erected structures in place. Nonetheless, more resources would need to go into this venture for the countries to get to where they want to be.

Right now there are positive signs to look at that point towards a future of more electric vehicle adoption. Problem-solving solutions are the main drivers of this. The move towards creating a cleaner environment for African inhabitants is also a major driver of this.

Most of the travel in Africa is by road and with the majority of vehicles having combustion engines, a lot of money goes into fossil fuels. The continent’s capacity to produce, process and eventually purchase these fossil fuels is depleted, compared to the rest of the world. One would assume that there would be a greater appreciation for vehicles that use renewable energy in this region.

It would take a collaborative effort by both the public and private sectors to erect ready-to-use infrastructure. Making these products available to more areas of the continent is also the next point of action. The future looks bright nonetheless.

MAX is a mobility company that uses technology to make moto-taxis safe, affordable and accessible to underserved communities in Africa.