By leveraging technological and manufacturing expertise from the revolution taking place in electric transport, Mobility for Africa will produce low-cost quality renewable electric tricycles, bicycles and small scale vehicles built for a rural off road environment. Branded under “Mobility for Africa", the transport will be designed to cater to the user’s need for local mobility, provide long term and low interest financing to make them accessible and invest in the longer term off grid community based renewable power solutions. Accordingly, the mission is to create renewable community-based transport solutions for Africa that is affordable, efficient and environmentally friendly.
The lack of access to reliable, safe and efficient last-mile solutions in rural Africa is a key barrier to socio-economic and healthcare improvements.
Physical isolation prevents large areas of the continent from reaching their true agricultural potential. A farm’s profits will never increase without the ability to transport produce to markets. Poor terrain means that urban transport solutions are not fit for purpose: fewer than 40% of rural Africans live within 2 km of an all-season road.
Designs of existing transport options are tailored to men and exclude women. Rural women spend long hours carrying heavy loads to market with crops rotting in the process, women die during childbirth due to lack of access to a health centre, children cannot access education and economic opportunities are missed due to the considerable distances from resources.
Available modes of transport are flawed: second-hand cars are costly economically (purchasing and operating) and environmentally (running on fossil fuels), bicycles/motorcycles limit the ability to carry heavier items, bike/trailer alternatives like tuk-tuks are not suitable for rural off-road needs.
MFA leases out and finances a fully serviced fleet of GPS-enabled three-wheeled electric vehicles (hambas) as a safe and robust alternative to withstand the unique off-road conditions and is energy- efficient. This solution will be able to service the daily transport needs of farmers, move larger quantities of commodities to the market and do so at reasonable costs. MFA also provides all the after-care services to ensure that the farmers and other users are never immobile.
|Max capacity of vehicle(s)||Up to 400 kg|
|Decision on target market||
|Local community engagement||
|Energy requirements for individual vehicles||5 kW for each battery|
|Max operating distance per single charge||100 km|
|Battery type||Tailor-made 48 V Li-ion battery|
|Inhouse DRE capacity to power e-mobility solution||
|Energy storage & backup power||The batteries themselves can be utilised as backup power when needed|
900,000 EUR (grant), 350,000 EUR (equity)