Following the agreement that car manufacturers will reduce the production of petroleum driven vehicles starting from 2030 in fulfillment of the Katowice partnership for e-mobility, government says it is ready to meet the expected surge in demand for lithium and steel.

The Deputy Minister of Mines and Mining Development Honourable Polite Kambamura said Zimbabwe is ready to value add and beneficiate its lithium and supply global car manufacturers with enough of the resources for the production of electric cars.

President of the Confederation of Zimbabwe Industries Mr Sifelani Jabangwe added the country must ensure that it fits into the production value chain of e-cars by investing more in their manufacture, taking advantage of existing car assembling plants such as Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries.

Managing Director of Willowvale Mazda Motor Industries Engineer Dawson Mareya said the opportunity presented by the COP24 decision is one Zimbabwe must not miss.

The announcement by various developed countries who are the major manufacturers of vehicles of their desire to go the e-mobility route is expected to put Zimbabwe on high alert for possible provision of steel and lithium required for the manufacture of electric vehicles.