By TESFA-ALEM TEKLE
Ethiopia has unveiled a locally-assembled electric car from Marathon Motor, a joint venture between Korean auto giant Hyundai and Olympic champion Haile Gebrselassie.
Mr Haile on Monday delivered the vehicle to Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed.
Picture: Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed (driving) and athletics legend Haile Gebrselassie test drive the first locally-assembled electric car in Addis Ababa on July 27, 2020. PHOTO | ETHIOPIAN EMBASSY
“As we transform Ethiopia’s greening and climate-resilient aspirations into concrete actions through the Green Legacy initiative and Sheger and Entoto Parks, this morning I received the first electric car fully assembled in Ethiopia. No emission cars can help reduce pollution,” the PM said in a tweet.
The plant, which opened in March, has a capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year.
Once fully charged, the electric car can go for 300 kilometres.
Source: The East African