Local vehicle manufacturer Kantanka Automobile is set to debut commercial production of
electrical cars this year for the domestic and international markets .
The move will represent a major leap in the young history of Kantanka Automobile, which is in its humble days with market acceptance gradually picking up.
The general manager said the successful introduction of electric cars would be “a mover for the nation”.
“We are already complaining about fuel increases but with the coming in of electric cars, we believe that it will cut down most of our demand for fuel and move the nation forward,” he said on July 17.
Unlike normal cars which rely on petrol, diesel or gas to function, electric cars are powered by electricity, making them a preferred option for a world fighting to contain the increasing emission of carbon dioxide and its effects on global warming.
Here in Ghana, embracing electric cars will serve an extra good for the economy: it could help cut down fuel imports and smoothen out the inflationary and foreign exchange pressures that the intermittent increase in fuel prices have on inflation, the cedi and other macroeconomic indices.
On how the company is revising its strategies to meet new trends in the
Within the period, he said, the company had come out with various prototypes of electric cars in its bid to develop a product that could meet customer expectations.
“Currently, we have three models of the electric cars that have undergone tests and have passed.
“So we are now moving on to the
Kantanka Automobile, a subsidiary of the Kantanka Group of Companies, was founded by
The company started commercial production and sale of vehicles in 2015.
Since then, its general manager says, it has been growing on an annual basis.
Touching on sales,
Last year, he said the company sold some 400 units locally.
“This year, sales have been good. We have just crossed the first half of the year and we have made 300 sales so far,” he said.
Export to Zimbabwe
He said car manufacturers in Japan, Korea
“What we are looking at is for the government to come out with a clear-cut policy for the automobile industry with specifics.
“So that we will know how much tax we are cutting off importation of automotive parts meant for manufacturing and assembling and how much tax holidays are for infant companies. If we do this, there is going be a boom and more jobs will be created, taxes will increase and the tax net will be widened,” he said.
He added that the company had been getting various requests from prospective customers outside the country and it was confident of making its first export to Zimbabwe “very soon”.