Business News of Friday, 10 June 2016
News from Kumasi, the Ashanti Region capital, indicates one of Ghana’s premier polytechnics has assembled an electric car, believed to be the first of its kind.
Kapital971.com reports that Ashanti Regional Minister, John Alexander Ackon, and the Mayor of Kumasi, Kojo Bonsu, and other dignitaries witnessed the unveiling of the innovation at the 11th Congregation of Kumasi Polytechnic recently.
Also, an ultramodern plant that produces diesel from plastic wastes was commissioned during the occasion.
Rector of the Institute, Professor Nicholas Nsowah Nuamah said Africa is widely known to be the heartbeat of the world, and hence it was incumbent on technical and technology institutions across the continent to actualize their creative abilities.
“Africa has come of age, and in making the dream of Africa come to past, Ghana has a pivotal role to play as we are known to be the gateway of the entire African continent. We have since 2007 being researching into this product, how to make a first of its kind vehicle that would be powered without fuel. God being so good, and after tireless research and great creative human resource we were able to come out with such an ultramodern vehicle which does not rely on fuel,” Professor Nuamah said.
“The electric cars we know, you would need to always charge it with electricity before you can reuse, and as it stands we are all aware of the electricity deficits. This and many other factors prompted us to come out with an innovation which could aid salvage the situation. So with what we have been able to do, firstly you won’t charge it or buy fuel. It is just powered with batteries, and you would probably have to change it in about three years after usage,” the Rector explained.
He said during a visit to China; Chinese engineers told him such a car cannot be built; however, his students have accomplished the feat.