Vice President of the Republic of Ghana, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has disclosed that the government is working on a policy framework that will ensure the use of electric vehicles for public transport in the country.
According to the Vice President, “This will drastically reduce the cost of transportation as the major components of the cost are fuel and spare parts. It will also reduce carbon emissions”.
Dr. Bawumiah disclosed this when he visited a start-up, SolarTaxi, a wholly owned Ghanaian assembler of electric vehicles and the third-largest electric vehicle assembler in Africa.
They are into the manufacturing of motorcycles, cars, and buses.
He said he had the opportunity to ride in one of their buses, which can travel from Accra to Kumasi without the need for a recharge of the batteries.
Solar Taxi, through its bankers, is also providing financing for its motorcycles, cars, and buses without collateral. All they require is one’s GhanaCard ID and they are given a vehicle which they can pay for over time.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, therefore, charged state companies such as Metro Mass, STC, and Ayalolo to take advantage of the opportunity to acquire more buses.