Morocco joins Africa’s electric motorbike revolution
London, Nov. 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-The Moroccan city of Ben Guerir, in Morocco’s central Rehamna province, has joined the league of African countries embracing electric motorbike as part of efforts reduce carbon emission
To achieve the ambition, the city is taking on “Rehamna E-Mob,” a sustainable mobility project, in partnership with the city’s Green Energy Park.
The governor of the Rehamna province, Aziz Bouignane, and the co-chair of the Green Energy Park, Badr Ikken, presented local authorities with 30 electric motorbike
Ikken took to social media to celebrate the birth of a new revolution that the on Friday, November 15 during the celebratory launch of “Rehamna E-Mob” at the Rehamna province’s headquarters in Ben Guerir.
The electric motorcycles feature electric wheels rather than standard wheels. They are more economical and require almost no maintenance, and have similar prices to their standard counterparts.
Teams of researchers will monitor the 30 motorcycles, in partnership with Ben Guerir’s Green Energy Park.
The researchers will examine the motorcycles’ battery performance and social impact. Ikken explained that the researchers aim to use their observations to design more efficient models that can be introduced on a larger scale in more Moroccan cities.
The province of Rehamna hopes to inspire more Moroccans to swap their standard motorcycles for the more sustainable electric motorcycles.
Kenya’s first electric mobility pilots, launched during the Fourth UN Environmental Assembly in April 2019 set the ball rolling for Africa’s shift to electric mobility.
Developed together with the Energy Regulatory Commission, the two pilots in the City of Kisumu and with Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited saw the deployment of a total of 50 electric motorcycles in the country.
Aside Kenya, Rwanda has also introduced the use of electric motorbike as part of its efforts to protect the environment and cut fuel costs.