Electricity distributor Kenya Power to rollout electric car charging stations

KENYA – Public utility Kenya Power  has announced plans to roll out electric vehicle charging stations in Kenya as it eyes new revenues streams and boost demand for electric cars. The electricity distributor said it would build a nationwide network of public charging points, removing one of the hurdles for use of electric cars in Kenya. Kenya has joined the global push to promote the use of electric vehicles and reduce reliance on petrol and diesel, the country’s biggest import item. Analysts acknowledge the high price of electric cars would not…

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Car maker Volvo to go all electric by 2030

WORLD – Swedish car maker Volvo has said that its entire car line-up will be fully electric by 2030, joining a growing number of car makers planning to phase out fossil-fuel engines by the end of this decade. “I am totally convinced there will no customers who really want to stay with a petrol engine,” Volvo CEO Håkan Samuelsson told reporters when quizzed about future demand for electric vehicles. “We are convinced that an electric car is more attractive for customers.” The Swedish car maker said 50% of its global sales…

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Morocco launches its first smart charging station for electric cars

MOROCCO – Minister of Industry, Trade, and Green and Digital Economy Moulay Hafid Elalamy launched the first 100% Moroccan-made smart charging station for electric cars. Elalamy presented the project as a new and innovative Moroccan technology, part of the electronic innovations that are starting to have an important place in the automotive sector. The “iSmart” project is also part of Morocco’s long committed engagement in the automotive sector and its responsibility to maintain the development of the sector that is moving “totally, gradually, slowly, but surely towards renewable energy,” said…

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Morocco’s Managem secures US$114m cobalt supply contract from BMW

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MOROCCO – Managem Group, Morocco’s largest integrated mining operator, has signed a US$114 million (€100 million) contract to supply Cobalt to the German automobile giant BMW. According to the statement by BMW, the contact with the Managem group will cover about a fifth of the BMW’s cobalt needs for the manufacture of fifth generation of battery cells. The 5-year contract which takes effect in 2020 and expires in 2025s falls within the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) that the two parties signed in January 2019 in the city of Marrakech. Andreas…

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Volkswagen ramps up electric car production in China factories to stay ahead of competition

CHINA – Volkswagen has revealed that it is ramping up production of electric cars to around 1 million vehicles by end of 2022. According to a Reuters report, the increase in production will enable the German carmaker to leapfrog Tesla Inc which has recently started production in its Shanghai based factory. Volkswagen is readying two Chinese factories to build electric cars next year making the country the next battle ground for electric car manufacturers. The Chinese plants will have a production capacity of 600,000 vehicles, according to Volkswagen’s plans, which…

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Volvo launches first electric car, aims to be climate neutral by 2040

 Sweden – Chinese owned car manufacturer has launched its first electric car under a new EV-focused brand that kicks off a company-wide shift toward electrification. The car known as the Volvo XC40 Recharge is a demonstration of Volvo’s commitment towards becoming climate neutral by 2040. Volvo announced that it had a plan of reducing its total carbon print by 40% by 2025 even as it bids to become fully climate neutral by 2040. The company aims to reach the 2025 targets through a string of measures, including generating 50% of…

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