Ghana to have 100 Electric Vehicles by 2020
The country is planning to have at least one hundred (100) Electric Vehicles (EVs) and 10 public charging outlets in the country by the year 2020, in the Drive Electric campaign being spearheaded by the Energy Commission.
To be launched this year at the Ghana Renewable Energy Fair in October, 2019 in collaboration with the Ministry of Energy, the Campaign’s main objective is to introduce and promote the use of electric vehicles as alternative means of mobility in Ghana.
The adoption of EVs is also expected to create demand and enable the productive and sustainable use of the country’s excess capacity as well as drive electricity demand and use.
The initiative is also to help the country realise its renewable energy commitments toward climate change under the Paris Agreement. “Ghana will not only be spearheading the drive for electric vehicles but leading Africa into clean and sustainable energy production and utilisation.”
Several incentives influencing the decision to opt for EVs include environmental friendliness, electricity use and cash savings on fuel. According to information available on the Energy Commission website, “Ghana’s INDC intends to reduce GHG emissions by 15% from the projected Business as Usual (BAU) level of 73.95MtCO2e5 by 2030.
“This target may not be achieved considering population growth and industrialisation, it therefore goes without saying that introducing electric vehicles on our streets will send across a strong message to the international community of our readiness to meet our climate targets.”
The Commission, in view of several petroleum discoveries being made, has projected that in some years to come fuel will not only be available but affordable to power the thermal power plants and generate electricity in excess of what is required.
“Our current installed capacity of over 4,600MW is significantly more than our current peak demand of about 2,700MW. At this current rate, Ghana will need to create demand within the system to take the excess supply of electricity,” thus the Drive Electric initiative.
According to the International Energy Agency’s (IEA) 2019 EV outlook, there are over five million electric vehicles in the world at present. The number of EVs increased by 63% from 2017 to approximately 5.2 million in 2018, said the Agency and further projected sales of these vehicles to hit 44 million by 2030.
Source: Energy Ghana