The Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) mulls plans to buy an electric vehicle to be used for demonstrations.
Further, ZERA seeks a suspension of import duty on electric vehicles and preferential licensing fee for the vehicles.
This was revealed by ZERA senior engineer (electricity) Samuel Zaranyika in his presentation on “The future of the energy industry” during the Employers’ Confederation of Zimbabwe (EMCOZ) human resources conference in Kariba recently. Said Zranyika:
What we are doing as Zera is that we want to promote this (EVs) technology; we are actually buying an electric vehicle, which would be used for demonstrations.
What sort of expectations do we have for this car? From Zimra (the Zimbabwe Revenue Authority), we look at waiver of duty on the electric vehicle, (from) Zinara, we would be looking at issues like preferential licensing; for instance, if you are charging a Honda Fit, say RTGS$300 per term, for an electric vehicle, we are looking at a tenth of that.
Zera would also be conducting a workshop on this particular technology, maybe sometime in April.
Electric vehicles use clean sources of energy and their use in the country will reduce the expenditure of scarce foreign currency on importing fossil fuels.
According to Zaranyika, EVs are cheaper to run since a single charge for a 375km trip from Harare to Kariba requires RTGS$10 compared to about 40 litres of petrol that costs about RTGS$140.