Players within the Africa energy space have criticized the various governments in the sub-region for allowing the establishment of combustible automobile industries on the continent.
They argue, among other things, that investments in the automobile industry should focus on electric vehicles (EVs) to mitigate the negative impacts of fossil fuel use.
Dr. Ferdinand Tornyie, a Senior Fellow with the United Nations University Institute for Natural Resources in Africa, expressing his views on the matter, he stated, “We have been talking about developing our automobile industry. Currently, there is a trend from our research indicating that more companies are moving to Africa to establish combustion engine industries. Why are they choosing Africa and not considering e-vehicles, which are being encouraged globally?”
Tornyie further questioned, “These companies are relocating here, and Africa is welcoming them by providing space and tax incentives to produce fossil fuel engines. This is an issue that requires our attention.”