Zambia's commitment to sustainable energy takes a significant leap forward with the unveiling of the 2024 National Budget. Hon. Dr. Situmbeko Musokotwane, Minister of Finance and National Planning, announced groundbreaking measures aimed at promoting clean energy and mitigating climate change. Among these measures are the removal of customs duty on electric vehicles and a reduction in excise duty for hybrid vehicles, effective from 1 January 2024. This article explores the implications of these incentives and outlines additional proposals by the Zambian Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance (ZEMIA) to further accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Zambia.


Government's Bold Move:

The removal of customs duty on electric motorcycles, vehicles, buses, and trucks, along with reduced excise duty on hybrid vehicles, marks a significant step towards promoting cleaner transportation options in Zambia. These measures aim to make EVs more financially accessible and competitive with traditional internal combustion engine vehicles.

ZEMIA's Advocacy:

The Zambian Electric Mobility and Innovation Alliance (ZEMIA) applauds the government's efforts to promote electric vehicle (EV) adoption and calls for further incentives to expedite the transition. ZEMIA proposes several measures to bolster the EV sector, including the elimination of value-added tax (VAT) and customs duty on EV components, facilitating cost-effective production and importation of electric vehicles. Additionally, the alliance advocates for special electricity tariffs tailored for EV charging infrastructure, incentivizing the development of charging stations nationwide. Furthermore, ZEMIA proposes corporate tax incentives aimed at attracting investment and fostering innovation within the EV industry. These measures are essential for creating a conducive environment for EV adoption, driving economic growth, and mitigating environmental impacts. By collaborating with stakeholders and implementing supportive policies, Zambia can position itself as a regional leader in sustainable transportation and technology innovation, ultimately contributing to a greener and more resilient future.

Opportunities for Economic Growth:

 Zambia's transition to electric mobility presents opportunities for economic growth and job creation. By promoting local assembly and manufacturing of EVs, the country can bolster its green technology industry and reduce dependence on imported fossil fuels.

Strategic Partnerships:

President Hakainde Hichilema's engagement with global leaders in the EV and energy storage sector, such as BYD and CATL, underscores Zambia's commitment to leveraging its natural resources and technological expertise for sustainable development. Symbiotic partnerships with these companies can drive investments in Zambia's EV infrastructure and contribute to its green transition.


Zambia's proactive measures to incentivize electric mobility herald a new era of sustainable transportation and economic prosperity. By removing barriers to EV adoption and fostering strategic partnerships, the country is poised to reap the environmental, social, and economic benefits of a greener future. As Zambia paves the way for electric mobility on the African continent, it sets a compelling example for other nations to follow suit, driving collective efforts towards a cleaner, more sustainable world.