Ethiopia unveils locally-assembled electric car

Manufacturing

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 

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