And Sun Post
Senior Business Adviser
Zimbabwe plans to dramatically cut its fuel import bill and reduce the pressure on foreign currency requirements if the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) successfully convinces Zimbabwees to embrace the use of electric vehicles.
Reports say that the energy regulator is in the process of procuring an electric vehicle to use to promote the technology in the country and to convince the authorities to support the enterprise.
Electric vehicles (EVs) gain traction across the world as they are considered cheaper to operate compared to fuel motor vehicles.
Zimbabwe uses 7.6 million liters of both petrol and diesel every day and there are signs that the figures will continue to increase unless there are intense measures such as the use of efficient energy vehicles and EVs are promoted.
The country, which fits with a shortage of foreign currency to import critical products such as fuel, sees EV technology as a panacea to the growing demand of foreign currency.
Mr Eddington Mazambani, chief executive officer of Zera, told The Sunday Mail Business in e-mail responses that the Government had been right the offer to buy a demonstration car for trials.
"Zera, the energy regulator, has given the idea of adopting this EV technology and made a decision, given by the Government, to procure a demonstrated electric vehicle to raise awareness on this technology for Zimbabweans, "said Mr. Mazambani.
"The EV Procurement is underway and a vehicle is expected to be on the streets by Christmas this year.
The fuel import bill "(Y) will be reduced by the approval of EVs in the domestic and commercial sectors of the economy. ICE taxis, delivery vehicles, ambulances … are easy to think as good candidates for adoption EV. "
Mr Mazambani said there were a number of reasons for wading in the EV technology that includes zero emissions, service and powerful modules less significantly, with an instant torch, suggesting that no waste is wasted in acceleration.
Moreover, EVs has a cost to run cheaper per km.
"… compare US $ 5 charge over 120 liter tank recharge for the same trip!
"One charge goes for the range of 400km to the vehicle being procured, while a full tank fossil fuel vehicle goes for 1 200km, so it would only need three charges on the electric vehicle for the same distance, "said Mr Mazambani.
EV is also free of charge and has low maintenance costs due to fewer moving parts.
Mr Mazambani said for the year, Zera will lobby for a "huge waiver or substantial reduction" on import duties on EV imports, a favorable licensing system for EVs through relevant bodies and facilitating the basic work for the future of receiving a service local or production of EVs through ministries and relevant bodies.
EV support infrastructure
In preparing and anticipating the arrival of the EV demonstration, and going on, Zera plans to help set up systems for commercial EV fleets (car rentals and taxis, among others); host stakeholder awareness workshops; introduce charging points at contact points; show the EV when it is presented; developing newspaper brochures and advertisements.
Already, there were reports suggesting that Tesla's electric car had imported into the country.
Tesla, Inc. is a automotive and energy company in the United States of America in Palo Alto, California, specializing in the manufacture of electric cars.
But after the dominion of the electric road for years, Tesla is now facing competition by other car makers.
Expectations are that a number of battery electric vehicles would be for sale over the next three years. It is believed that Nissan Leaf and the BMW i3 are not compatible with Tesla products but I-pace Jaguar gives Tesla severe toast.
The Tesla 3 Model (2017) costs US $ 49,000 while the e-mail Audi (2018) reaches US $ 75,000.