The current landscape in the Zimbabwean transport sector is characterised by high operating costs which in turn increases production costs for industry and commerce, thereby negatively affecting the competitiveness of Zimbabwean-made products in the region.
This project aims to explore the impact of large-scale adoption of Electric Vehicles (EV) and the global E-Mobility revolution on Southern Africa against the backdrop of rapid climate change and the rise of the Fourth Industrial Revolution.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) was established with the key objective of enhancing regional economic integration for the benefit of its inhabitants. It is home to an estimated 363 million people, of whom many still lack adequate access to both energy and mobility services.
As we try to navigate the disruption that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused to our lives and livelihoods, I listen to people talk about what they will do “when things go back to normal”. But things will not go back to normal; at least not the normal that we were accustomed to before 2020.
The predicted uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) around the world will continue to increase the demand for lithium-ion batteries. At the same time, the electrification of transport is estimated to create 10 million jobs worldwide.
The global energy landscape has changed dramatically over the past 25 years, but there are potentially much larger and rapid changes in store in the future.
The Southern African Development Community (SADC) is host to countries with stark disparities in development ranging from least developing such as Malawi to middle income such as South Africa.
In preparing this report, SAIIA’s Futures programme brought together a number of industry experts, government representatives, academics and thinkers using a scenarios-building methodology to explore the implications of the roll-out of EVs in the SADC region.
This policy insight reviews the pathways toward enabling just e-mobility transitions in SADC member states.
Electric Vehicles (EVs) are not typically seen as catalysts that may enable the large-scale transformation of national and regional economic and development trajectories.