The challenge for electric mobility in Africa where commercial vehicles like this three wheeler (tuk-tuk) are loaded well beyond their design capacity and driven most of the time in poor road infrastructure.

Sustainable Transport Africa are working with UN Environment to bring locally manufactured eMobility to Eastern Africa. The project will initially focus on battery electric motorcycles targeted at the motorcycle taxi (Boda boda) sector as well as three wheeler taxi (Tuk tuks) and related charging infrastructure.

Sustainable Transport Africa partners with UN Environment and other partners and donors to bring electric mobility to the region - download full brochure below


Forty two African countries agree to a cleaner roadmap for the continent was the essence of the Conference Report.

Enterprising local traders already importing lithium-ion battery electric motorcycles for sale in popular people's markets need support to help increase the uptake of electric mobility in the region.

Public awareness on eMobility commenced with one day of the Africa Clean Mobility Week dedicated to electric mobility

EV charging station powered by Solar PV charges the EVs on display at the Africa Clean Mobility Week 2018

Electric vehicles were on display on the third day of the Africa Clean Mobility Week 2018 which focused on electric mobility.

EVs on display at Africa Clean Mobility Week 2018 were a revelation to many delegates who were not aware the technology was already in use in Africa dispelling many critics who claimed electric vehicles could not work in Africa

Battery electric vehicles on display included two Nissan LEAFs a Nissan e-NV200 and electric bicycles.

Lithium-ion powered battery electric motorcycle on display at the Africa Clean Mobility Week 2018

Sustainable Transport Africa sourced the electric motorcycle, from an enterprising trader at the popular Gikomba Market in Nairobi, which was on display at the Africa Clean Mobility Week at UN Environment's Nairobi Headquarters

Africa's abundance of sunshine all year round make solar PV charging the natural choice for both urban and rural EV charging as demonstrated by the charging equipment on display at the Africa Clean Mobility Week 2018 where the deep charge solar batteries had been precharged by solar PV panels

Integration with existing charging infrastructure and existing power outlets are key for the success of the initial uptake of two and three Wheeler electric mobility. The future roll out of fast charging stationions linked to renewable energy sources will further boost the uptake of larger four wheel vehicles and BRT buses as well as light trucks and buses.