Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has articulated that the future of transportation lies in electric vehicles and disclosed the Ghanaian government's efforts to develop a policy framework promoting the use of electric vehicles for public transport.
He highlighted that this move would significantly reduce transportation costs, with fuel and spare parts being major cost components, and also contribute to a reduction in carbon emissions.
Dr. Bawumia made these remarks during a visit to SolarTaxi, a Ghanaian startup that assembles electric vehicles and stands as the third largest electric vehicle assembler in Africa.
SolarTaxi manufactures motorcycles, cars, and buses, showcasing a commitment to sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation solutions.
During the visit, the Vice President experienced a ride in one of SolarTaxi's buses, which boasted an impressive range, able to travel from Accra to Kumasi without needing a recharge of the batteries.
Additionally, SolarTaxi demonstrated its capability to convert existing internal combustion engine vehicles into electric vehicles, further promoting the adoption of green technologies.
Dr. Bawumia also highlighted SolarTaxi's efforts in making electric vehicles more accessible through financing options. He revealed that the company offers financing for their motorcycles, cars, and buses without requiring collateral, with only a GhanaCard ID needed. This move aims to facilitate easier acquisition and payment plans for electric vehicles, encouraging their widespread adoption.
Remarkably, SolarTaxi showcased a youthful workforce, with an average employee age of 26, and an encouraging representation of female engineers, constituting 90% of their engineering team.
Dr. Bawumia encouraged public transport entities like Metro Mass, STC, and Ayalolo to seize this opportunity and acquire more electric buses, aligning with the government's vision for a sustainable and eco-friendly transportation future.