The potential of the EV market in developing countries with Hanna Yanchuk

“In developing countries, the growth of the EV market is coming from the people, from the civil society.”

Hanna Yanchuk is Deputy Head of the board for the “Electric Vehicle Association of Ukraine” (EV-UA). This association unites the supporters and users of EVs by setting up an infrastructure of charging stations, creating legal frameworks for the development and diffusion of environmentally friendly transport, and representing Ukraine in the global ‘green’ market.

About the potential of EVs in developing countries: “In every country the potential of electric vehicles is equal to the number of cars on the road. But in developing countries, there have to be different mechanisms in place for developing EVs and charging networks. It could even be non-financial benefits that work well for people and private businesses while improving the market. In developing countries especially, the wider use of electric cars decreases the expenses of transport and gives an opportunity for business growth.”

About the EV situation in Ukraine: “Today in Ukraine, EVs are not only used as private cars, but we also have delivery services using electric cars, electric bikes, and electric taxis. Ukraine has a huge unclaimed potential of engineers which are actively involved in developing the EV market. This summer, in Kiev, we plan to build a network of 75kW fast charging stations that will meet global requirements. In any case, we are ready to share our experiences with citizens from every country who are interested in developing the EV market and charging network.”

About the role of the civil society: “In developing countries, the growth of the EV market is coming from the people, from the civil society. Due to the low standard of living, the government can’t propose rebates, however they can create the conditions to develop the businesses that will increase the use of EVs and build a charging net. If state bodies provide a prepared ready-made business solution, implement EV terminology into laws, support early followers, provide information to the public, enable parking for free, and create public transport lanes, all of this will push the market.”

Interview by Anne-Sophie Garrigou