STU has make efforts to manufacture and assemble electric cars by 2029, being part of its long-term plans towards the nation’s industrialization agenda.
The Sunyani Technical University is setting up an electronic-vehicle technology centre with a well-equipped laboratory that would serve in the manufacture of electric vehicles, and accessories as well as a training hub for students in the school and all over Ghana.
Samuel Wiafe, the dean of the faculty of engineering of the University, disclosed this during a training workshop by the faculty organised to get the engineering students abreast with, and how they could support the technology.
Under the theme “Demystifying the Technologies behind electronic vehicles”, the faculty with support from Solar Taxi Limited organised the workshop.
Taking about Climate change, Dr Wiafe said emissions concerns had brought the adoption of electric vehicles to the forefront, and the biggest automotive markets around the world are going into the manufacturing of electric vehicles to curb emissions. “This is why the Sunyani Technical University has taken the leading role to ensure that this dream is realised as soon as possible”, He added
The operations manager of Solar Taxi Limited – Mr Arnold Amoateng Anokye said the manufacturing of electric vehicles was not a new phenomenon and started around the 1800s.
Dr Rajalingam Sakthivelsamy, the head of the electrical and electronics department of STU, said the university envisages to produce its first electric vehicle by the year 2029.
He said the university has signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Solar Taxi Limited and Ghana- EVAFRICA, in a joint initiative by Skill Shark Edutech in India to achieve this vision.
Dr Sakthivelsamy said engineering students were currently working on two projects that sought to convert conventional wheelers to electric wheelers, whiles two of the students won this year’s edition of “ECSTASY 21”, an international technical symposium organized by Francis Xavier Engineering College, Tirunelveli, India.
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