Rwanda procures electric car to mitigate pollution

The Republic of Rwanda, East Africa, through the Rwanda Environment Management Authority (REMA) has taken delivery of its first ever electric vehicle, the Authority has announced.

According to the information, the procured vehicle will be used to support the institution’s mandate of environmental protection.

“A charging station has also been installed at the REMA office in Kacyiru.” The authority said.

According to a United States Environmental Protection Agency statistic, the transportation sector generates the largest share of greenhouse gas emissions (28.2 percent of 2018 greenhouse gas emissions).

Greenhouse gas emissions from transportation primarily come from burning fossil fuel for cars, trucks, ships, trains, and planes. Whilst over 90 percent of fuel used for transportation is petroleum based, primarily gasoline and diesel.

Road vehicles account for nearly three-quarters of global direct transport carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions from fuel combustion; and are a leading contributor to climate change and air pollution, especially in cities.

Madam Juliet Kabera, the Director General of REMA said “Vehicles powered by petrol and diesel contribute to climate change and pollute the air we breathe.

Juliet Kabera

“E-vehicles are part of the solution and REMA is now taking advantage of this emerging technology to mitigate air pollution and walk the talk on reducing emissions.”

The initiative is a partnership with the United Nations Development Programme in Rwanda which is also supporting REMA to promote sustainable mobility, including the retrofitting of 80 motorcycles from combustion engines to electric power.

REMA also said that charging the lithium-ion batteries uses 9.8kWh of electricity, which can take 30 minutes using a fast charger.
The Outlander PHEV can operate as an electric vehicle (EV) with a range of up to 54 kilometres using the electric motors alone.

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