Cars that run on 'NEPA' could become a reality in Africa as early as 2019.

Africa’s auto makers have since joined the electric vehicle race.

Although still at a very limited scale, Ghanaian auto maker, Kantanka Automobile have expanded the scope of the futuristic electric vehicles by seeking to locally manufacture the first wholly-built electric cars by 2019.

Already the test stage of the electric car manufacturing has successfully kicked off.

“About three years ago, we came out with the first prototype of electric cars. The following year, we developed it. We have three different modules of electric cars which have undergone tests and have passed,” said Katanka’s Managing Director Francis Kudjordjie in an interview with news platform, Ecofin Agency on Friday.

The company is also targeting local commercialisation, scheduled for the same period.

“We have already been complaining about fuel price increases. With the electric cars coming in, we believe that it will cut down demand for fuel and move the nation forward,” Kudjordjie added.

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Kantanka Automobile Company Limited is a subsidiary of the Kantanka Group of Companies founded by a clergyman, Dr. Ing. Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, who is the Founder and Leader of Kristo Asafo Mission of Ghana.

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Electric vehicles are the vehicles of the future. Although the revolutions is being spearheaded by Elon Musk’s Tesla, other major auto brands across the world including Volkswagen, Toyota, Mazda, Hyundai, General Motors etc are also buying into it.

Electric vehicles have become a major focus for future transportation as the world battles to contain carbon emission from combustion engines.

Countries in Europe, North America and Asia have already announced plans to phase out diesel and petrol cars within the next decade.

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