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Draft policy on use of electric vehicles in Ghana to be ready by end of 2021

Draft policy on use of electric vehicles in Ghana to be ready by end of 2021

Draft policy on use of electric vehicles in Ghana to be ready by end of 2021.

The Energy Commission and other key stakeholders such as Public Utilities Regulatory Commission (PURC) are working on a draft document on technical regulations and policy framework for the mass deployment of electric vehicles in Ghana.

The policy is expected to be ready by the end of the year for cabinet approval.

While the Energy Commission works on the technical regulations, the PURC will handle the tariffs in relation to Electricity consumption from charging vehicles and the rates to be paid.

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Energy Minister, Dr Matthew Opoku Prempeh said Ghana would adopt and adapt in the mass deployment to fit into the country’s system.

He said electric vehicles offer enormous benefits with regard to health and economic growth.

The vehicles will cut down on carbon emissions drastically and support significant climate change initiatives.

Though some Ghanaians are already using electric vehicles, the government wants to ensure the use of such vehicles are properly regulated by law.

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Dr. Opoku Prempeh explained that the policy framework will cover the importation of the vehicles and their ancillary systems and accessories among others. Dr Opoku Prempeh said before Ghana can undertake mass adoption of electric vehicles, the impact on the national grid has to be critically taken into consideration.

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