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Electric car project launches in Rwanda by Volkswagen

Rwanda will become the first African country to introduce a Volkswagen electric car due to recent collaboration tech giant Siemens both from Germany.

A Volkswagen e-Golf electric car is seen charging during its launch for use in its ride-hailing service in Kigali, Rwanda October 29, 2019.

Rwanda, which sells itself to foreign investors on its reliable infrastructure, economy and stability and relative ease of doing business.

Reuters reports that Volkswagen is importing a batch of electric powered Golf models into Rwanda for a local ride-hailing service, establishing a bridgehead in the country that it hopes to expand to other nations as it seeks to increase market share globally.

The Electric car

This car model by Volkswagen Rwanda involves Semi Knocked Down kits during assembly. A semi-knocked down kit is whereby partially assembled parts and shipped in and then all put together for sale to customers.

Sabine Dall’Omo, CEO of Siemens for South and Eastern Africa; Soraya Hakuziyaremye, Rwanda Minister of Trade and Industry; Edouard Ngirente, Prime Minister of the Republic of Rwanda; Thomas Schaefer, Head of Volkswagen Sub-Saharan Africa and Managing Director of Volkswagen South Africa and Michaella Rugwizangoga, CEO of Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda.

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The company will source components of the cars from South Africa, the United States and Argentina.

In June 2018 Volkswagen launched a car assembling plant in Rwanda together with integrated mobility solutions including application based car sharing services.

 

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