Mobility is key to economic dev't and human welfare; but fossil fuel-driven transport is unsustainable, contributes to Climate change and pollution. Approx. 90% of urban air pollution in developing countries is attributable to vehicle emissions. Uganda has over 2,300,000 ICE vehicles. This pilot will initiate EV retrofitting in Uganda focusing on the popular, poorly maintained public transport Toyota Hiace. Subsequent low-cost conversions will generate some revenue for related project support
As the world embraces clean mobility through electrification, many of the conventional vehicles are being dumped in Africa as used imports. Besides climate change; emissions from transport-related sources are a major cause of premature deaths in Africa. While electric mobility is a proven solution to the problem, due to infrastructural challenges, cost of EV ownership among others; we are still stuck with the poorly-maintained highly-polluting fossil fuel vehicles far much longer.
Increased e-mobility uptake is a great strategy to decarbonise transport and improve air quality in Africa especially for the urban poor communities. This pilot will introduce EV retrofitting in Uganda with focus on the popular 1998 Toyota Hiace taxi van. Partnerships are being established to enable local replication for some EV components to cut costs on subsequent conversions. Future conversions will incorporate local mechanic trainings and some revenue generation for sustainability
It is unquestionable that electric mobility is increasingly becoming a solution to the issue of pollution and the high prices of fuel. Cost-effective locally designed EV conversions will be a great alternative that will help many Ugandans already driving to consider switching to e-mobility for a healthier planet and improved public health. Incorporation of local mechanic training in subsequent conversions will increase EV uptake in Uganda and generate some revenue for program sustainability.