SolarTaxi Limited has introduced electric vehicles into the Ghanaian transport sector.

The vehicle which comes in different types is the first of its kind to be introduced in Ghana for commercial use.

SolarTaxi is an initiative started by Kumasi Hive and sponsored by Mastercard Foundation that seeks to create environmental, social and economic impact in Ghanaian communities, by harnessing the renewable energy of the sun and using it to power vehicles.

During the launch of the electronic vehicles, Operations Associate at SolarTaxi, Kate Duah told Joy Business the firm has achieved their target of creating employment for Ghanaians.

“Through this initiative, we’ve been able to create employment for the youth. As you can observe, there are so many young people in our staff. And we’ve been able to empower women also.

“All our engineers are female and they actually built the electric bikes with imported parts from China. We are also using these electric cars to mitigate climate change”, she noted.

The Chief Executive Officer of SolarTaxi, Jorge Appiah also indicated that “electric vehicles as an innovative transportation alternative have the potential to mitigate climate change and also provide affordable transportations for Ghanaians.

By leveraging the energy from the sun and innovativeness of the shared economy electric vehicles reduce carbon emissions, cost of delivery and transport services to individuals and businesses across the country”, he stated.

The company is currently providing leasing services for its EV cars at affordable rates for as low as GHS 800 per month for the hatchback, GHS 900 per month for the sedan and GHS 1,000 per month for the SUV.

Deliveries of cars are expected to commence on September 1, 2020. Outright purchase of the electric vehicles have already begun