Economists have long recognized innovation to be central to economic growth and development.
As a profession, economics is just beginning to model many types of innovations that exist and the amazing heterogeneity in the firms that conduct research and development-from General Electric to Silicon Valley start-ups.
Developed at the Apostle Safo Suaye Technological Centre at Gomoa Mpota, a town in the Central Region of Ghana, the car signals a brighter day for Ghana’s energy and environmental problems.
The new electric car saves energy and releases “zero” greenhouse gases into the atmosphere. This is because the car has no internal combustion engine, a big step forward to reduce global warming and other respiratory diseases. The car gets its energy from series of accumulators connected together.
Kantanka Odeneho II is powered by 12 rechargeable batteries. Each battery has a life span of over four years. Unlike other electric cars, Kantanka Odeneho II is built on user friendly technology making it easy to be recharged. It does not require any complex set-up for recharging, just plug it in any socket (like you plug an electric iron or any household appliance) and bingo, the car starts recharging.
One unique feature about the vehicle is that, all the 12 batteries do not work at the same time. There is a power changeover created for the batteries making them to last even longer.
This extra-ordinary feature also makes it possible to drive for longer hours without recharging the vehicle.
Another amazing feature about the Kantanka Odeneho II is its security set-up. It has an in-built Kantanka CCTV which reveals what is happening on the road 50 metres ahead and displays it on the Kantanka mini monitor.
The car also commands respect on the road even at night due to its classic star-lighting.
Apostle Dr Kwadwo Safo Kantanka, the Star of Africa, is noted for upholding the African culture in high esteem. He designed the seats of the car with Kente prints (Ghanaian traditional cloth) with Kantanka labellings to project the African values and acknowledge its African roots.
For more innovative works like this, the Star of Africa needs to be granted tax breaks to produce more greenhouse controlled cars. Additionally, the government and other investors must come in and support the genius star.
By Y. S. Marfo
University of Ghana Business School