Hyundai launches first ever electric car in Ghana


The Deputy Executive Director of the Environmental Protection Agency, Ebenezer Appah-Sampong, is hopeful that the government will soon adopt the use of e-mobility transport systems in the country.

According to him, this will help protect the environment since there will be less vehicular emissions produced by the use of fuel.

He was speaking to Citi Business News on the back of the launch of the first electric vehicle in Ghana; the Hyundai KONA subcompact medium SUV electric vehicle.

The car, which powers only on electricity, will save Ghanaians about 50 percent of money spent on purchasing fuel.

Mr. Appah-Sarpong says this is in line with government’s agenda in boosting the automobile industry.

“Already, the Ministry of Transport, together with other stakeholders was looking at an e-mobility transport system so some studies have already been done. But this launch also builds on the initiative and also assures that once you put in the various polices and regulations, the supply side is also there to meet the demand side of every policy requitement. So we are very excited about this.”

He continued, “Fortunately, this is happening at a time when government is promoting local production of vehicles so once we begin to embrace this, then that can feed into those activites by the autombile companies coming up in this countries to produce cars for our local market.”

Meanwhile, the General Manager and Head of Hyundai Brand in Ghana, Ganesh Phadale says the company will soon start conversations with the government to be able to normalise the use of these electric cars in the country.

Aboutt he Hyundai KONA electric vehicle.

The KONA subcompact medium SUV electric vehicle features a sporty and progressive design which combines a full electric zero emission drive.

It stands out through its motorsports-inspired front and rear end, body colour claddings, and diamond-cut wheel design.

The KONA EV is characterized by the dynamic features of the front bumper, harmoniously connected and unified with the body colour treatment of the wheel arch claddings. This Electric vehicle features a characteristic aerodynamic lip with low-lying corner fins for a road-hugging appearance. Larger, more technical air intake features are further distinguished by a unique mesh design and surface treatment.

On the sides, the body colour claddings and new rocker panels are complemented by the dedicated 17-inch alloy wheel design.

The new KONA is also equipped with the latest in-car connectivity and technology.

New to this model is a 10.25-inch digital cluster. In addition, the new KONA also comes with an optional 10.25-inch AVN screen, providing new connectivity features. The new AVN screen also comes with a split-screen function and multiple Bluetooth connections.

In addition, KONA comes with the latest Blue Drive upgrade, which includes User profile. Customers can have a personalized User profile is equipped with Display Audio that is eight inches, and DAB radio, wireless Android Auto and Apple Car Play for convenient wireless connectivity of their phones to the Display Audio system.