500,000 vehicles! Ethiopia increases imports of electric vehicles

The Ministry of Transport and Logistics of Ethiopia has announced the government’s plan to introduce nearly 500,000 electric vehicles in the next 10 years as part of the continuous transition to electric vehicles.

The initial 10-year strategic plan aimed to import about 148,000 electric vehicles and 48,555 electric buses from 2021 to 2030. However, according to a statement issued by the ministry, this target was achieved in just the first two years of implementation.

Due to the early achievements, the ministry said the government has modified the national strategy and set a new target of importing 439,000 electric vehicles within the same 10-year period from 2021 to 2030. Various incentives have been introduced to accelerate the country’s shift to electric vehicles.

These measures include duty-free import of electric vehicle components for local assembly, a 5% tax on partially assembled electric vehicles, and a 15% tax on imported fully assembled electric vehicles. As part of this 10-year plan, the Ethiopian government will also establish a total of 2,226 charging stations across the country. This includes 1,176 charging stations in the capital Addis Ababa and 1,050 charging stations in local state cities.

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