Japanese Company Manufactures Electric Car for Ethiopia

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Addis  Ababa  April 26/2019  Mitsui and Co. Company, a Japanese Firm, has made a successful trial for a three-wheels electric car in Addis Ababa. Ethiopia’s Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges attended the trial.

 Hajime Miyake, Business Development Manager of the company said electric car called “E-trike”, has manufactured to fit the environment and geographic structure of Ethiopia.

The car has five dedicated batteries, each with a capacity to go 80kms with a single charge.

The Business Development Manager said that the company has plans to establish an assembly plant here in Ethiopia.

Japanese Ambassador to Ethiopia, Daisuke Matsunaga said the vehicle is very convenient for Ethiopia.

The Ambassador said that the E-trike car is produced in consideration of mountainous roads of Ethiopia.

Referring to the company’s plan to set up an assembly plant, the Ambassador said that Ethiopia may export the car in the long run.

Transport Minister Dagmawit Moges appreciates the initiative of the company saying the technology can reduce gaps which have been seen in the transport sector.

The electric car will support the green economy strategy of the country and it is important as it fits with Ethiopian environment and geography, she added.

She also noted the importance of establishing an assembly plant in Ethiopia, as it helps to create employment and technology transfer.

She further stated that the government of Ethiopia will provide the necessary support to the company to supply the product with competitive price to the domestic market.                                                                   

The price of the car and when it will enter into market has not revealed yet.