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Mauritius May Introduce Electric Cars Next Year Through ABC Motors And Nissan

While in the UK the electric car is a reality and the government has even announced an incentive grant of  £2000 (plus) to prospective buyers of such cars, Mauritius may become the first country in Africa to introduce the emission-free vehicles. Nissan, a leading pioneer in the production of electric cars, has approached the Mauritius Government for the island to achieve this objective.

In April, Nissan’s Mauritius distributor, ABC Motors Co Ltd, arranged the visit to the country of the Japanese manufacturers’ Global Coordinator, Rayna Handelman, to negotiate an agreement with the Mauritius government for the island to welcome the electric cars. Nissan will put the electric vehicles on the road in 2010 but the mass global marketing will follow soon after.
The Mauritius government is reported to have agreed to put in place the necessary infrastructure, especially the power points across the island for the charging of the car’s battery. It is expected that the battery will have to be recharged after every 40 miles’ driving range. The Central Electricity Board will be responsible for the maintenance of the battery charging stations.
It is expected the Mauritius government will carry out an awareness campaign to encourage among the population the conversion to the zero emission vehicles, and to provide an incentive package to encourage local drivers to adopt the electric cars.
Much has been written about the benefits to the environment of the emission-free electric cars  and it is believed that Mauritius is keen to take advantage of Nissan’s offer as part of the country’s programme to be a Green Island (Ile Durable) on which ABC Motors Co Ltd spokesman Michel Ng laid emphasis.
ABC Motors Co Ltd is one of 16 limited companies making up the ABC Group. With an annual turnover of 2,900 million rupees, the Group was listed 22nd among the Hundred Top Companies in 2008.
The ABC Group was all started by a the late Sir Moilin Jean Ah Chuen who opened a retail shop opposite the Central Market in Port Louis in 1931 which he called ABC (Au Bazar Central). As an enterprising young  man of vision he built up a consortium, a combination of several businesses over the years.
Jean Ah Chuen became an MP and was knighted by The Queen. His effigy illustrates the 25-rupee bank note of the island.
Sir Moilin’s son Donald, CEO of the family firm, has recently been decorated by the Government. (See note Page 7). Eldest son Raymond is the Group’s chairman, and Vincent is the Managing Director.

Source: Mauritius News
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