Mobility is necessary for economic development and human welfare; however, fossil fuel-driven transport is unsustainable, contributing to air pollution, climate change and deaths. An estimated 90% of urban air pollution in developing countries is attributable to vehicle emissions. Uganda has over 2,000,000 fossil fuel vehicles on the roads. This electric vehicle conversion pilot project will introduce to & initiate training of local mechanics for accelerated transition to clean mobility.
An estimated 90% of urban air pollution in developing countries is attributable to fossil fuel vehicle emissions. Besides facilitating climate change; emissions from transport-related sources are a major cause of chronic respiratory-related illnesses and premature deaths in Africa. While transition to electric vehicles (EV) is a proven solution to the problem, due to infrastructural issues and the cost of EV ownership, Africans are still stuck with fossil fuel vehicles far much longer.
As developing countries embrace clean mobility through electrification, many of the conventional vehicles are being dumped in Africa as used imports. Increasing the use of electric vehicles is strategy to decarbonise transport and improve air quality in Africa especially for the urban poor communities. This EV conversion pilot will introduce to and help local technicians learn to convert some of the existing fossil fuel vehicles to electric using some locally replicated components at low costs.
It is unquestionable that the electric vehicle is increasingly becoming a solution to the issue of pollution problems and the high prices of fuel. However, challenges with electric vehicles acquisition in Africa are infrastructural and the high costs which makes it very difficult to own one. On the other hand, the conversion of fossil fuel vehicles into electric vehicles is a proven alternative that will help many Ugandans consider switching to clean mobility for a healthier lives and planet.