Volkswagen and Siemens Launched Joint Electric Mobility Pilot Project In Rwanda

Electric vehicles debut in Rwanda on 29th October 2019 through a partnership between Volkswagen and Siemens under a pilot project. 

Rwanda has become Africa’s first country where Volkswagen is testing electric cars.
 
Officials at the firm say that more cars will join the market in the coming months to bring the number to about 20 cars and 15 charging stations across the city.
 
Siemens role in the partnership involves setting up charging stations.
 
“Cars are fully electric, not hybrid” Said by Michaella Rugwizangoga, the Chief Executive Officer of Volkswagen's operations in Rwanda.
 
The pilot project, which will form part of Volkswagen’s operations in Rwanda, was officially announced today by Thomas Schafer, CEO of Volkswagen Group South Africa and responsible for the Sub-Sahara Africa Region, in the presence of the Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda, Honorable Dr. Edouard Ngirente.
 
The pilot project will involve data collection and analysis on aspects such as performance of the electric cars, reception by consumers, consumer trends and suitable conditions for the cars.
 
The electronic car will be of the Volkswagen Golf Model. They are however not assembled in Rwanda but are produced in Germany and imported.
 
A fully charged car officials say can cover up to 230 Kilometres in ideal conditions. However, the distance is subject to conditions such as altitude, terrain and gradient among other factors.

Posted on : 13 Dec,2019 | News Source : ABNews

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