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Rising reputation of electrical bike taxis in Benin and Togo

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Motorbike taxis are a preferred and low cost type of transportation in West Africa. However more and more in Benin and Togo, drivers and prospects are swapping gasoline-powered bikes for electrical fashions which can be extra environmentally pleasant and, above all, cheaper. Oloufounmi Koucoi, 38, firm is delivering the fashions to Cotonou.

**”We now have 1000’s of electrical bikes in circulation and we’re additionally in a number of African international locations. Environmentally, as you already know, electrical bikes don’t pollute the atmosphere. Economically, we’ve been capable of scale back the price of electrical bikes by doing the meeting regionally.”**Oloufounmi JP Koucoï, director of Zed-Motors. 

In Lome, capital of neighbouring Togo, Octave de Souza parades proudly by means of the streets on his brand-new inexperienced electrical bike. 

“The brand new electrical bike is an excellent bike” he says. “It is extremely economical and there’s no have to do an oil change, there is no such thing as a want to switch the engines and different elements. Simply change the battery.” Souza provides.

In African cities, air pollution triggered particularly by closely clogged street site visitors is without doubt one of the main causes of demise and a significant public well being subject. However for a lot of drivers, electrical bikes are extra a query of price than local weather.

**”One of many issues we’re involved about is the charging level subject. In that regard, you may have a anxious drive since you don’t know the place to discover a charging level so that you don’t break down. This typically leads us to change (batteries) with 10 or 15% of remaining cost in order to not have any unhealthy surprises alongside the best way.”**Koffi Abotsi, electrical motobike driver

Native authorities are also encouraging the change to electrical in a bid to switch outdated, extremely polluting bikes. Many taxi drivers are thus lured by versatile credit score or mortgage offers that they repay month-to-month, weekly and even every day.– as an alternative of constructing a hefty one-off buy.