E-mobility gains momentum across Africa, but challenges block ‘transformative’ shift

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Issue 498 - 16 Jan 2024 - By Jon Marks , Tonderayi Mukeredzi | 13 minute read

It is unlikely electric cars will come to dominate African roads for decades, but in the likes of Kenya and Benin battery-powered buses, motorbikes and industrial vehicles could have a radical impact on urban environments and commercial operations. Investors are lining up to support e-mobility projects in the most attractive markets, but in many jurisdictions the lack of capital, infrastructure and policy support and the high cost of vehicles are holding back what could be a revolution, write Tonderayi Mukeredzi and Jon Marks.

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