Ethiopia unveils first locally-assembled electric car
On 27th July Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed received the first electric car fully assembled in Ethiopia by Hyundai Marathon Motors.
Ethiopia’s distance running legend, Haile Gebrselassie, presented the car to the Prime Minister. Marathon Motors is a joint venture between South Korea’s Hyundai Motor Company and Haile Gebrselassie.
The PM hailed the development tweeting, “As we transform Ethiopia’s greening and climate-resilient aspirations into concrete actions through the #GreenLegacy initiative, this morning I received the first electric car fully assembled in Ethiopia. No-emission cars can help reduce pollution.”
According to local reports, the electric car is fully battery operated with no gas emissions and is unique to Ethiopia as it can be charged anywhere without a need for charging stations.
Once fully charged, the electric car travel 300 kilometres. The plant, which opened in March, has the capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year.
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