Zimbabwe has started accepting electric cars from the government, purchasing six electric vehicles from a Chinese company through the Central Mechanical Equipment Division (CMAD).
Some cars are now used as transports at the Driving School, EasyGo and the rest at Robert Gabriel Mugabe International Airport.
The vehicles, and the charging infrastructure now based on the CMED Harare Depot, were purchased from BIDAD, a manufacturer of rechargeable batteries, bicycles, electric bicycles, follicles, and rechargeable batteries. CMA Managing Director Davison Mika then presented the cars to Minister of Transport and Infrastructure Felix Mona and plans to purchase more electric cars.
The use of electric vehicles has many advantages, they are environmentally friendly, electricity is a renewable resource unlike gasoline or diesel, they are more expensive and require less maintenance and are quieter than internal combustion engines.
BYD e6 is a multi-purpose multi-purpose compact vehicle manufactured by BYD since 2009.
The first-of-its-kind model field test was launched in May 2010 in the Chinese city of Henzen, with 40 classrooms operating as taxis.
The sale to the general public began in October 2011, two years after the planned release date in early 2009.
Until September 2009, several BYD e6 units were operated by boat in China, Indonesia, Colombia, Belgium, the United States (New York and Chicago), the Netherlands, and the United Kingdom.
Sales from China received 34,862 units from 2010 to December 2016. In 2016, it was rated as the best-selling pure electric car in China and won a gold medal for the “Best Quality Product” at the Havana International Exhibition 2015.
Electric vehicles could be replaced by oil-fired vehicles around the world over the next two decades, a move that is partly due to their own benefits and partly a significant reduction in global carbon emissions. Internal combustion engines are not very efficient, electric motors and electric power stations. Although electricity comes from fossil fuels, there is a significant reduction in carbon emissions and as more electricity comes from green sources such as hydroelectric, solar and wind, the carbon footprint from transportation continues to decrease.
The lithium ion battery, now used in many consumer electronics, such as cell phones and laptops, has finally provided a useful battery for electric vehicles. The country has an abundant supply of lithium, which is a direct benefit to Zimbabwe.
A test plant at Arcadia Lithium Mining near Harare was launched in January and if all goes well, Zimbabwe could become a major supplier of lithium.
Prospect Resources Australia, which has long been a long-time entertainment partner for Arcadia with Belgium’s Sibelco, is moving ahead with Zimbabwe’s high-capacity lithium mining industry.
Demand for lithium is growing rapidly, and as the world shifts to electric cars, lithium consumption is growing exponentially, as iron is the main raw material for modern batteries.