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Ethiopia lead with ban on fossil cars

Ethiopia became the first country worldwide to ban the import of non electric vehicles (internal combustion engine cars) completely. The ban was confirmed on 29 January 2024 and the reasons are that it is becoming a waste of money to import gasoline and diesel. Last year, Ethiopia imported fossil fuels valued at almost 6 billion US dollars, over 50% of which went to fuel vehicles. Ethiopia has cheap and plentiful renewably generated electricity, with about 90% coming from hydropower, and the rest from wind and thermal sources. The country will invest in charging stations and grid development. The ban is expected to transform the country into an electric vehicles leader, creating lucrative markets for importers, electric vehicle manufacturers and infrastructure developers.

Source:Electrek 2 February 2024,


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