As much as there has been increased talk of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in recent years, including across Afrika, the question to ask is what needs to happen first for EV adoption to increase across Afrika? Is it that more EVs need to be on the roads first or is it required that there is an improvement in the available charging infrastructure?

In this iAfrikan Insights article, we took a look at the available EV charging infrastructure across the continent in order to gauge how far adoption is.

Electric Vehicle refers to electric cars, electric motorcycles, electric bicycles, and plug-in hybrids.

What we found is that adoption of EVs is growing but at a slow pace, owing to many factors. South Africa, for example, has the largest number of EV charging stations and in turn one of the highest EV to charging station ratios in the world (only Korea, Chile, Mexico, Indonesia, and the Netherlands have more EV charging stations per EV). However, this is only possible because the country has about only 1,000 registered fully electric cars.

As EVs become the mode of transportation of choice for more Afrikans, our research shows that much more still needs to be done to make EVs more accessible and efficient with a strong network of charging stations.


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Encouraging adoption of EVs

Afrika is adopting EVs at a slow but growing pace. Here's the iAfrikan Insights look at the available EV charging infrastructure.
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