Sunday, January 16, 2011

Electric Cars in Ethiopia

Everyone would agree that electric cars are a good, environmentally-friendly idea; but, some people wonder if it's a good idea to launch them in Ethiopia. What's the problem with launching an electric car in Ethiopia? It's a country with a very erratic power supply. However, infrequent electricity is not going to stop Freestyle PLC, the company producing two models of the Solaris Elettra at a plant in Addis Ababa. Carlo Pironti, general manager, says the country will have lots of power in the future; and, in the meantime, the cars can be recharged by generator and by solar power. He also mentioned that the company will develop a credit system so the less affluent customers in the country can afford the $12,000 - $15,000 car.

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