Africa's EV Future
Switching to electric vehicles (EVs) for transportation is a necessity to reaching global net zero. But the markets in Africa will be different. While many African countries are supplying the rare raw materials necessary for EV technology, without infrastructure and policy support, the continent could be left behind.
The global EV transition is gaining momentum, yet the existing research and policies are poorly adapted to the African context. The nascent ecosystem of EV startups is promising, but they require an enabling environment to thrive and contribute to job creation and innovation. African decision-makers don’t yet have the data needed to make sound investments and policies.
We aim to provide a platform to support and cultivate researchers creating a data-rich environment tailored specifically to the needs and opportunities in African countries. Most importantly, we aim to turn this research into actionable insights delivered directly to policymakers that are driving the EV agenda in Africa.
- MemoAccelerating Electric Mobility in NigeriaMillions of people around the world already drive electric vehicles (EVs), and sales will likely keep booming. In the first half of 2021, EVs captured 7.2% of the global market share of all new vehicles, nearly triple what it was in 2019.1 The International Energy Agency (IEA) projects that the stock of EVs will hit 145 million by 2030 – about 7% of all new and used registered vehicles in that year.2 Nigeria is building momentum for EVs too.Learn More
- Op-Eds & ArticlesKenya Power should rethink strategy on electric vehiclesOriginally appeared in The Standard, February 14, 2022. Last month, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) announced plans to roll out a national network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations, with the goal of unleashing new revenue streams and diversifying their business. No details have been provided about how exactly they plan to fund and execute this ambitious project, and the proposal has been met with general enthusiasm.Learn More