Ethiopian prime minister drives 1st locally-assembled electric car

Ethiopian prime minister drives 1st locally-assembled electric car

- Ethiopia has joined the list of African nations with locally-built electric cars

- The country's prime minister, Abiy Ahmed, on Monday received the automobile

- In the photos shared online, he could be seen taking the new car for a test drive

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Africa seems set to go entirely green and bid goodbye to petrol cars. The prime minister of Ethiopia, Abiy Ahmed, has received the country’s first locally assembled electric car.

According to CGTN Africa, the car was created through the Green Legacy initiative and Sheger & Entoto parks. The car is intended to reduce air pollution in the country.

In the pictures shared on Twitter on Monday, the prime minister was seen test driving the car with a shiny ash body paint colour.

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A collage of the car. Photo source: Twitter/CGTN Africa

A collage of the car. Photo source: Twitter/CGTN Africa
Source: UGC

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Meanwhile, Briefly.co.za previously reported that Ethiopia has made history by launching its first satellite into space. The African country has joined a growing list of countries which have sent objects into space.

The satellite will be used to study and forecast weather as well as to observe crops growing across the country. On Friday, the launch was observed via a live broadcast from one of China's launch facilities.

The Entoto Observatory and Research Centre, north of Addis Ababa, was host to senior government officials and excited citizens who watched the historic moment.

“This will be a foundation for our historic journey to prosperity,” deputy Prime Minister Demeke Mekonnen said in a speech at the launch event broadcast on state television.
“Space is food, space is job creation, a tool for technology…sovereignty, to reduce poverty, everything for Ethiopian to achieve universal and sustainable development,” he said.

The satellite was a joint venture between Ethiopian and Chinese engineers. The majority of the cost was paid for by China, $6million of the total $7million according to sabcnews.com.

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Source: Briefly.co.za

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