Germany launches solar powered e-bike project in Uganda
London, May 22, 2020 (AltAfrica)-German Environment Ministry in partnership with the Ugandan Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development has launched an ambition e-bike project in Uganda that allows Kampala’s boda bodas — motorcycle taxis run on solar power in bid to can make the streets cleaner and their business greener.
The project is part of a $34-million initiative led by the United Nations Environment Program and the International Energy Agency to support the transition of 17 developing and transition countries to electric mobility
The mail objective is to bring cleaner air to Uganda’s cities and at the same time create new jobs in green technology.
Having more eco-friendly motor bikes and devices would limit the production of carbon dioxide and reduce air pollution, especially the emission of fine particles, which are harmful to nature and mankind.
In Ugandan capital, Kampala and many other sub cities, motorcycles are the number one way to get around. Local companies, Zembo and Bodawerk are leading the charge to make them cleaner.
While Bodawerk converts conventional motorcycles, Zembo imports tailor-made e-bikes from China and is building a network of solar-powered charging stations.
Electric mobility is still a new phenomenon in Uganda, with fewer than 10% of the vehicles on Kampala’s roads electrically powered. But a new project by the German Environment Ministry’s International Climate Initiative and the United Nations Development Program aims to change all that.
For the boda boda drivers who ferry paying passengers around the Ugandan capital on their motorbikes, the switch to e-bikes is proving a good investment.