Farirai Machivenyika Senior Reporter
Pan-African Electric Vehicle manufacturer, Agilitee Africa is set to launch its Zimbabwe operations early next month after getting support from the Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority (ZERA) to import demonstration motorcycles to be used at the launch.
Agilitee Africa acquired a controlling stake in local electric vehicles company, ZimTorque to set up Agilitee Zimbabwe.
In a letter to Agilitee Africa chief executive officer, Dr Mandla Lamba, ZERA chief executive officer, Mr Eddington Mazambani gave the authority’s approval for the importation of the electric motorcycles paving way for the launch.
“The authority notes the intention to temporarily import three demonstration electric bikes into Zimbabwe for analysis and testing and fully supports and fully supports such importation,” Mr Mazambani said in the letter.
The deal could potentially create one of Zimbabwe’s top companies given the positive outlook of the EVs industry on the global market.
Zimbabwe had also become a major attraction for EVs due to its abundant lithium deposits which are a critical component in the manufacturing of batteries for vehicles.
Apart from setting up the manufacturing plant in Zimbabwe, the company will also invest in charging stations across the country with over 700 jobs expected to be created.
Government has prioritised investments in the EVs sector as part of its contribution to the fight against global warming caused by carbon emissions from the use of fossil fuels.