Green Tech Africa unveils electric, solar automobiles

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Green Tech Africa, a technology company based in Ethiopia, has unveiled its electric and solar-power automobiles.

The launching program has been held on Thursday at company’s showroom located around Kality in the outskirt of Addis Abeba.

Dofeng, a renowned Chinese company and Peugeot and Citroën, France’s major automobile manufacturers supplied the vehicles Ethiopia’s growing market based on their agreement with the Green Tech Africa.

Fitsum Deriessa, General Manager of Green Tech Africa said the new vehicles can go 360 kilometers once fully charged. He added: charging stations will be installed in many areas and charging at home is also possible because of the materials, which will be sold along the vehicles.

The price range for the new electric and solar-powered vehicles ranges from 700 thousand to 1.5 million Birr. “If the government reduces tax rates for the vehicles the price could even be much lower than this rate,” as Fitsum puts it.

“Our aim is to make those cars available to customers,” said Fitsum, adding, “We are in consultation with banks and micro finance institutions to allow buyers purchasing the vehicles in a loan.”

He went on to say that Ministry of Transport and Logistics is providing supports to them. “Preparatory activities are underway to assemble the vehicles in Ethiopia.”

As part of that effort, Fitsum explained they received 10,000 square meter of land in Dire Dawa City to construct car assembling plant, and they also requested Addis Abeba city administration to get a land for the same purpose.

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