Electrification of Transport
Cape Verde has announced a 100% replacement of its conventional public and private vehicle fleet with electric vehicles (EVs) by 2050. They also plan to make all vehicles used by public administration officials electric and to establish a countrywide charging infrastructure by 2030. With this initiative, the government also hopes to address economic vulnerability by reducing the import of fossil fuel. Transport consumes 30% of the total imported fuel by the country to date. Three major steps mark its ambitious programme: 1) an Electric mobility policy charter that establishes the strategic vision for initial necessary conditions and long term frameworks for scaling up; 2) an Action plan for implementation, monitoring and evaluation of the efforts; 3) an inter-institutional Commission for Electric Mobility (CIME) for coordination with other sectors and policies. The government will be extending customs and investment incentives for EVs until they reach market maturity.
Innovative model to promote e-bike taxis in Rwanda
The Government of Rwanda has committed to transforming all its conventional motorbike taxis (mototaxis) into electric motorbike taxis (e-motos) as part of its larger electric mobility expansion plans. Out of all registered vehicles in Rwanda, 52% are conventional mototaxis. A demonstration phase of this transition is undergoing trials in the capital city of Kigali with the help of private sector players such as Ampersand and Safi. New e-moto technologies involving remodelled old motorbikes or battery swapping, as launched by Ampersand, are cheaper than conventional mototaxis. To counter the high upfront costs, Ampersand is offering an e-moto leasing model for taxi drivers. This model increases savings on every ride. E-motos reduce air pollution by one fourth of that of conventional motorbikes and deliver broader economic benefits: cheaper rides for the taxi users and reduced national dependence on imported fuel. Learn more about Ampersand here
Solar e-bikes for easy long distance travel in Namibia
SunCycles, a start-up in Namibia, is producing solar powered e-bikes for making travel feasible in difficult terrains and for long distances. The technology involves upgrading regular bicycles by attaching a small motor run by a solar-powered battery, which provides extra support and increased efficiency. In the cities, these retrofitted e-bikes can replace conventional four-wheeler and two-wheeler vehicles, thus avoiding carbon emissions and local air pollution. They are currently being used for green deliveries within city limits. In rural and remote areas, they make it possible to travel long distances, particularly seeking access to basic services such as clinics and schools. For instance, e-bikes are currently being used by security guards in game-reserves of Namibia. These bikes can run for 30-50 kms on one charge. Learn more about ebikes4africa