Botswana to produce electric car in August 2021

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Pedestrians walk through the central business district of Gaborone, Botswana, on Monday, May 14, 2018. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images
Vehicles drive through the central business district of Gaborone, Botswana, on Monday, May 14, 2018. The country plans to begin production on its own electric car later this year. Photographer: Waldo Swiegers/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Baylee Enterprises (Pty) Ltd, a private company headquartered in Botswana’s capital city Gaborone, is expected to start full production of electric cars in August this year.

Peggy Serame, Botswana’s Minister of Investment, Trade and Industry, said on Tuesday the company is currently importing electric motors and other parts needed to assemble the electric car in the southern African country.

“The company is planning to start full production by August 2021,” Serame made the announcement in parliament while answering a question from a fellow legislator who wanted an update on the development and production of electric cars.

According to Serame, the company has developed the prototype of the electric car and it is currently undergoing compliance process with relevant stakeholders including Botswana’s Department of Road, Transport and Safety.

Serame said the electric car will go a long way in ensuring that there will be less air pollution in Botswana.

According to a Journal of Health and Pollution published late last year, Botswana is ranked amongst the most polluted countries with serious air pollution, despite a population of just over two million people.

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