The Importance of Green Mobility Solutions in African Rural Areas

MAXdrive
3 min readJan 28, 2022

Mobility enhances all kinds of human operations. It is one of the basic needs required by any society to thrive. By way of explanation, mobility is one of a community’s most important enablers.

With that as the case, several gaps still exist in African rural areas today. Being able to access essentials for living as well as supplies for commerce remains a problem in many rural communities in Africa.

For many rural dwellers, transporting goods from point A to point B is especially difficult. The situation is also not mitigated by the fact that rural areas do not receive the same amount of attention as urban areas do when it comes to mobility solutions.

In urban areas, the increasing state of options for mobility has contributed over time to the growing urban migration across Africa. It has been predicted that the urban population will continue to grow by up to 60% until 2050. This situation warrants a more than cursory look at what initiatives can help increase business activities within rural areas, as this will result in the creation of more opportunities for individuals to thrive within these locales.

Right now, many rural business people must spend substantial amounts of money on transporting their goods, which adversely impacts their bottom line for the most part. Finding inexpensive mobility solutions that cater to the needs of needs rural dwellers has now become even more important.

Green sustainable mobility can provide long-term solutions to this problem, as well as help reduce greenhouse gas emissions contributed by internal combustion engine vehicles that rural businesses are forced to use. Increased access to efficient mobility solutions can also contribute positively to the development of rural economies.

Experts believe that electric two- and three-wheeled vehicles and light vehicles, as well as light vehicles, are the most appealing options to drive this development. In rural places, ICE motorcycles and light vehicles with conventional engines are already common. Considering the relatively short lifespans of these vehicles, electric vehicles can be used to renew existing fleets.

The Added Road Problem

The majority of Sub-Saharan Africa’s low-traffic rural roads are unpaved- composed of rocky surfaces or gravel soils. This is usually the result of a lack of funding and engineering input during both construction and maintenance. These rural roads are often in poor condition and become almost inaccessible during the rainy season owing to erosion processes that severely degrade them.

This deplorable state of the roads significantly impacts the economic transit of products and services and total human mobility, which impedes the country’s growth.

The Solution: Electric Two & Three Wheelers

Rugged, electric bikes and tricycles, branded and supported by community-based professionals, provide a way for disadvantaged and vulnerable rural dwellers to overcome distances to services and contribute to thriving local economies. E-motorcycles & tricycles will give the motivation for more economic possibilities, new local markets, and improved rural livelihoods since they will be powered by community-based off-grid energy.

For many developing countries in Africa, two and three-wheelers present the best transportation opportunities. With a controlled network of electric two & three-wheelers, rural communities can begin to leverage nonexistent gasoline expenses as well as maintenance fees into added profits.

The move to electric two and three-wheelers is also made more pertinent because of the high volume of similar ICE vehicles that already exist within African transport networks.

According to UNEP, In many low- and middle-income nations, two- and three-wheelers are the fastest-growing means of transportation. While Asia has the largest motorcycle fleet, numerous African countries have among the fastest-growing motorbike fleets in the world. Over 270 million motorbikes are on the road now, with yearly motorcycle sales of approximately 52 million. Motorcycles are expected to account for more than 400 million vehicles globally by 2050, representing a 50% increase over today’s fleet.

It is no surprise that these ICE vehicles account for a major portion of the greenhouse gases continuously emitted into the atmosphere. This necessitates a rapid switch to green mobility, a goal the team at MAX is committed to achieving.

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