SADC e-Mobility Outlook: A Zimbabwean Case Study

Image: Getty, Zinyange Auntony
Image: Getty, Zinyange Auntony

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.

Summary:

  • The current landscape in the transport sector is characterised by high operating costs which in turn increases production costs for industry and commerce, negatively impacting the competitiveness of Zimbabwean made products in the region.
  • Zimbabwe now has the second largest informal economy in the world after Bolivia. This high level of informalisation contributes to a very fragmented public transport system dominated by small minibus taxis in urban areas.
  • Distributed energy generation from renewable energy sources, in particular solar, are playing a major role in bridging the power generation deficit.
  • The mining sector can play an anchor role in the transition to e-Mobility as a source of battery materials, providing an avenue to increase foreign currency earnings through the export and beneficiation of minerals and materials for traction batteries and as a significant customer of electric vehicle Original Equipment Manufacturers.
  • A holistic approach towards the interface between the distributed renewable energy generation space, the minerals and materials that the mining industry produces for electric vehicle manufacturing, and, clean transportation focusing on battery electric vehicles  could unlock revenue boosting efficiencies to catalyse growth in the Zimbabwean economy.
8 Apr 2021
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Series
SAIIA Occasional Paper No 318, March 2021
Region
Sub-Saharan Africa
Country
Zimbabwe
SAIIA Programme
SAIIA Futures
Tags
Southern African Development Community (SADC), e-Mobility
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