Ghana Develops Draft Electric-Vehicle Policy

Ghana has developed a draft Electric-Vehicle Policy, to guide the development and upscale of electric vehicles in the country to decarbonise the transport sector.

The development would enable Ghana to achieve net-zero Carbon Dioxide (Co2) emissions by 2070.

According to the Ministry of Energy, currently, Ghana’s installed capacity of 5400 MW (Mega Watts) was significantly more than the current peak demand of about 3700MW.

“At this current rate, Ghana will need to create demand within the system to take the excess supply of electricity to power electric vehicles.

The Deputy Director of Renewable Energy at the Ministry of Energy, Mrs Doris Duodu, who was speaking on behalf of the Deputy Energy Minister, Herbert Krapa, noted that the governments of some of the biggest automotive markets around the world, had taken bold steps to make electric vehicles the only option shortly.

“They are determined to ban the sale of gas and diesel-powered vehicles completely by 2040. This includes China, the largest automotive market in the world, the United Kingdom, and other European countries,” she noted.

This was at a day’s stakeholders consultation on the Draft National Electric Vehicle Policy held here in Kumasi.

He observed that in addition to current oil and gas discoveries, the solar energy potential was enormous and could be harnessed to provide clean and sustainable energy for mobility.