TotalEnergies Marketing Ghana PLC has commissioned its first Electric Vehicle (EV) charging unit in Ghana at the Liberation Road TotalEnergies Service Station in Accra. This is part of efforts to boost the increasing demand and usage of Electric vehicles in the country.
Managing Director of TotalEnergies Marketing Ghana PLC, Mr. Olufemi Babajide in his address indicated that the EV charging unit is the first in West Africa and serves as a momentous contribution to the automotive industry. According to him, the aim is to reduce the carbon footprint and support the Paris Climate Ambition by meeting the target of Net Zero by 2050 by reducing carbon emissions.
Senior Vice President at TotalEnergies Marketing and Services Africa, Mr. Jean Philippe Torres also emphasized on plans by TotalEnergies to support countries committed to the development of Electric charging units.
He said “The demand for supporting new types of mobility comes from all over the continent. Today, TotalEnergies’ objective is to support the development of electric charging units in countries that have a proactive approach about electric mobility. All countries can count on TotalEnergies to support them in the deployment of adapted infrastructures. We can respond on a case-by-case basis thanks to our wide network of service stations throughout the territory and by relying on solid partnerships.”
He also added that the establishment of an EV charging unit in Ghana is a concrete example of TotalEnergies’ ambition to be a world class player in the energy transition and to be the preferred partner in the customer carbon neutrality journey.
Mr. Olufemi Babajide also announced that the company had introduced an added service of providing free wi-fi at some selected TotalEnergies Service Stations. He said the service allows customers to access secure and compliant internet access at the service station and the aim is to enhance customer experience.
Also present for the commissioning was Mr. Philippe Ebanga, Executive Vice President of TotalEnergies Marketing and Services – West Africa. In his address, Mr, Ebanga said “In addition to e-mobility, one of many strategies that the company has implemented includes the solarization of the retail network, which so far has been deployed in seventy-four (74) service stations with many more to come by the end of the year 2022. This is in line with the company’s ambition to reduce our emissions to achieve carbon neutrality by 2050 across our global operations”.
Representative from the Ministry of Energy, Mr. Solomon Adjetey speaking on behalf of the Energy Minister lauded efforts by TotalEnergies in establishing these charging units by stating that “data shows that currently there are over 1000 electric vehicles in Ghana, and the deployment of these charging units at TotalEnergies service stations is a step in the right direction”.