“Our goal is electric cars”: Meet Zambian innovators building cars from scratch

A team of Zambian youth have produced a unique brand of vehicle with an impressive design which has a potential to shape the future of Africa’s automobile industry. Named Rev 7, the vehicle was made with locally sourced materials such as Aluminum Fiber, Timber etc.

The team revealed that the vehicle was designed by a Zambian national and equally made in the Southern African country. In videos shared with EYEGAMBIA, the team demonstrated in detail how the vehicle was produced from scratch to its finished form which has been graced with admiration by many.

Mr. Stephen, a lead member of the group who spoke to EYEGAMBIA revealed that the team intends to venture more into the production of electric cars which they have already designed and are awaiting resources to commence.

He stated that, “what we want is to go electric; I think we’ve done this so that we can show the world that we can do it. Our plan is to make an electric car which we’ve designed and as soon as we receive enough resources or we have the money, then we can have it made.”

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In an attached message shared on their official Facebook page, the team appealed to the Zambian government and individuals for support to enable them produce more for export purposes. “We are looking forward to the government to sponsor such projects so that Zambia can be exporting cars.” They wrote

We have earlier reported on the need for Africa’s automobile industry to be given rigorous attention because of the potentials it carries. Due to the demand for automobiles in Africa, the market value of the sector has increased drastically. Modern Intelligence earlier valued the continent’s automobile market to cost USD 28.45 billion in 2020 with a high expectation of the figure reaching USD 39.87 billion by 2026.

This growth among other factors have drawn the attention of many foreign multinational manufacturers such as Toyota, Volkswagen, Nissan among others who keep setting up production plants in different parts of Africa. Countries such as Ghana, Rwanda, Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa and many others have been covered by these Multinational companies.

In effect, the local manufacturers who lack government support find it difficult to survive and compete with these foreign giants who are mostly offered tax breaks and other operational benefits as against the locals. The innovative exhibition from the young Zambians for instance sums up the number of talented and highly skilled youth Africa has. To make headway in the sector, the necessary support must be offered to help nurture these talents for the benefit of Africa.

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