As Egypt and, more specifically, Cairo gears up to host the Africa Automotive Show as part of the week-long Intra Africa Trade Fair, the country is also celebrating being ranked 28th in a global e-mobility index regarding the preparedness of the country is to transition to electric vehicles (EVs), and was categorized as a starter market after scoring 32 points out of 100.

Out of 35 countries studied in the new Global Electric Mobility Readiness Index (GEMRIX) 2023 by US consulting firm Arthur D Little, 13 countries from the MENA region were included, with Egypt ranked 10th in the Middle East.

“Despite the relatively low presence of EVs, the Egyptian government has been expressing strong ambitions to push for the promotion of EVs. A key reason for this ambition is the government’s commitment to achieving its sustainable development goals, which are elaborated in Egypt Vision 2030,” said the report – and this as South Africa still awaits clarity of the ANV Government as what it plans for the future.

According to the report, a starter market is one with a strong potential for new start-up-style entrants and early infrastructure development in a “blue ocean environment.”

It also noted that many of these markets would have some progress in establishing local EV manufacturers and an EV ecosystem.

In much the same time frame the Africa Association of Automotive Manufacturers (AAAM) announced Volkswagen’s Martina Biene is taking over the role of President from newly-named head of Stellantis South Africa, Mike Whitfield.

Martina Biene

Her goal – to play a “key role through AAAM to grow the automotive manufacturing industry from the 1,1-million vehicles a year today to 3,5-million or even 5-million by the year 2035”.

The AAAM was founded in November 2015 and is the only African entity with a focus on both widening and deepening the automotive industry across the continent by working with governments to develop investor-friendly policies as well as seeking to align a global stakeholder network, to free up Africa’s economic potential, via the automotive sector.

As the large South African of delegates and exhibitors heads for Cairo, it is with the hope the electric vehicle strategy for the country will have been outlined and, as Billy Tom, naamsa President and CEO of Isuzu Motors South Africa said recently: “As an industry reliant on exports to markets such as Europe, which has shifted away from ICE vehicles, we have to be able to adapt and meet these stringent demands to continue delivering vehicles there and to other similar markets.”

Colin Windell – proudly CHANGECARS