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Ethiopia Launches Locally-Assembled Electric Car

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Ethiopia’s Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed has announced the launch of a locally-assembled electric car from Marathon Motor, a joint venture between Korean auto giant Hyundai and Haile Gebreselassie.

It was disclosed by the prime minister’s office that the project came about after Mr Abiy convinced Hyundai’s CEO to establish an electric car assembly plant. The plant, which was said to have opened in March, now has a capacity to produce 10,000 cars a year.

However, it hasn’t been stated if the cars are meant for the local market or for export.

‘‘The electric car does not require charging at terminals and can rather be charged anywhere,” Mr Abiy’s office stated.

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