French oil company, TotalEnergies Uganda, plans to set up electric car charging infrastructure in Uganda, General Manager, Philippe Groueix, told Prime Minister Robinah Nabbanja.
Groueix made the revelation while Nabbanja was inspecting a TotalEnergies stall at Kololo Independence grounds during Monday's celebration to mark World Environment Day.
While TotalEnergies is an oil major, it has significantly invested in electric cars. It has erected electric car charging points at its fuel retail stations across Europe.
In Uganda, TotalEnergies is leading the efforts for Uganda to become an oil and gas producing country in a joint venture with CNOOC Uganda and the government of Uganda.
The company is also heavily invested in renewable energy. In Uganda, on 1st February 2022, TotalEnergies and the energy ministry signed an MoU to develop renewable energy in the country.
This was on the sidelines of announcing the Final Investment Decision (FID) for the Lake Albert Development Project. The objectives of the MOU were to develop 1GW of installed renewable energy capacity.
The other objectives were to promote access to electricity and clean energy, supporting national climate change objectives through carbon footprint reduction projects.
Uganda has already started manufacturing electric cars at the Kiira Motors Corporation project. It is, therefore, good news that investors like TotalEnergies are planning to set up such an infrastructure.