The government of Rwanda is trying to convert hundreds of thousands of gasoline-powered passenger motorbikes (motorbike taxis) in the capital Kigali to electric motorbikes.
Hundreds of thousands of motorbike taxi drivers in Rwanda will be able to change petrol motorbikes into electric cars Bloomberg reported that the Rwandan government has partnered with a local company, Rwandan Electric Mobility, to deploy electric scooters in the country’s capital, Kigali. Rwanda has a population of more than 12.6 million people living in an area of 26,338 square kilometers, and is the most densely populated country in Africa. The motorbike taxi industry, motorbike taxi service, or delivery is a popular method of transportation and delivery in this country, thanks to its affordable prices and access to all corners of the country. Therefore, the initiative to convert gasoline-powered motorbikes that are nearing the end of their service life to electric ones, will help about 100,000 current motorbike owners to have new and zero-emission vehicles. This move not only reduces the overall carbon footprint but also effectively extends the life of these vehicles. It also greatly reduces maintenance costs, car owners don’t need to worry about oil changes and refueling their vehicles. To launch the project, the Rwanda Environmental Management Agency (REMA) signed a contract with Rwandan Electric Mobility, and technical and financial support from the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) was also secured to promote the project. project progress. The trial phase, which is expected to last for 6 months, will convert about 30,000 motorbike taxis currently using gasoline engines to electric motorbikes.
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