GHANA – German Automotive manufacturing giant, Volkswagen (VW) has partnered with BlackIvy Ghana to build a Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) filling station for trucks and commercial vehicles in Ghana.
The pilot CNG filling station will be the first of its kind in Ghana and the entire West Africa region.
The station will help promote the use of CNG trucks which are more energy efficient and environmentally friendly when compared to their diesel-powered ones.
According to a report by Ghana Web these trucks could save on logistics cost, reduce carbon emissions by up to 20%, and decrease air pollution and associated health risks by approximately 85%.
The strategic collaboration between BlackIvy Ghana and Volkswagen Ghana signed in September in Accra also features far reaching agreements for collaboration in sustainable mobility, green growth and affordable cars and homes in Ghana.
The collaboration follows the official launch of a local vehicle assembly by Volkswagen Ghana in August this year.
BlackIvy Ghana is a subsidiary of BlackIvy LLC, a U.S. company that builds and grows commercial enterprises across sub-Saharan Africa. “The strategic partnership we formed today with BlackIvy is part of Volkswagen’s greater goal of growing its presence in the Sub-Saharan region, in a way that benefits the citizens of this region,”
The company operates businesses in housing, healthcare, warehousing and industrial real estate.
“The strategic partnership we formed today with BlackIvy is part of Volkswagen’s greater goal of growing its presence in the Sub-Saharan region, in a way that benefits the citizens of this region.”Rochelle Reddy, – Volkswagen Group South Director of sub-Saharan Africa Operations.
Volkswagen is strengthening its presence in the African content and is currently focusing on new up-and-coming markets as part of its TRANSFORM 2025+ brand strategy.
Alongside North and South America as well as China, the sub-Saharan Africa region plays an increasingly important role to the German vehicle manufacturer.
Although the African automotive market is comparatively small today, the Sub-Sahara region has the potential to develop into an automotive growth market of the future.
To this end, Volkswagen aims to leverage on its partnership with BlackIvy Ghana to bring electric vehicles and the associated charging infrastructure to Ghana.
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