ZERA advocating on how electric cars can advance environmental justice in Zimbabwe.

Harare, Zimbabwe Climate Change November 20 @ 12:50pm

Technology is contributing in making life easier, faster, better, more enjoyable to mankind and now many innovations are coming up to promote Green Revolution. There is a big historic shift being witnessed in the global auto industry from gas-and diesel/petrol-fuelled cars to electric vehicles.

Evidence shows that Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (ZERA) like the entire world are eager to transition to EVs and seeing Zimbabwe participating in a clean energy economy.

An electric mobility framework is set to open space for increased adoption and uptake of electric vehicles, a move that will significantly reduce the country’s fuel import bill, said Engineer Zaranyika from Zimbabwe Energy Regulatory Authority of Zimbabwe (ZERA) .

Engineer Zaranyika said," the framework, which is currently being developed, would create a conducive environment for increased use of electric powered vehicles in the country.

“ZERA has already procured the demo electric vehicle (EV) and supporting infrastructure, standards, and regulations are being developed. The EV have been showcased during business summits and trade expos where it attracted the attention of many Zimbabweans and proved to be a game changer in terms of dynamics of technology and thriving for green revolution”, He said.

Burning gasoline in cars produces smog-causing particulate pollution, including fine particulates, referred to as PM2.5 because they are less than 2.5 microns wide – 30 times smaller than the width of a human hair. These particles penetrate deeply into humans’ lungs and enter their bloodstreams. PM2.5 exposure can trigger asthma and chronic bronchitis, and has been linked to increased mortality from lung cancer and heart disease.

The advantage of electric vehicles has zero tailpipe carbon emissions, which means there are more environmentally friendly.

As a way of supporting the green energy revolution Engineer Norbert Matarutse adding to what Engineer Zaranyika had said, “ZERA has plans to set solar power up chargers along the country’s major highways to cater for these electric vehicles.

Enos Denhere is a Freelance Journalist Based in Zimbabwe. He is interested to write on climate change. Email Call/WhatsApp +263773894975

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