KIGALI, 28 January 2021 – The government of Rwanda is seeking investors and partners to implement a phased adoption of electric buses, private cars and motorcycles.
The overall goal is to fight climate change by cutting Rwanda’s contribution to greenhouse gas emissions.
Rwanda’s ten-year climate plan is aimed at reducing 4.6 million tonnes of carbon dioxide by 2030.
Retiring conventional transport would also lower the costs of fuel imports to this landlocked nation’s budget.
The use of electric motorcycles could result in an “annual reduction of approximately $14.3 million (Rwf14 billion) in fuel imports” each year, according to the conclusions of a recent study.
Researchers from the University of Rwanda have joined forces with researchers from the Univesity of Leeds in the United Kingdom to analyze the potential impact of scaling up the use of electic motorbikes to 100 percent in the capital, Kigali, by 2025.
Implementing the plan will significantly cut carbon gas emissions leading to tangible improvements in the quality of air in towns across Rwanda as fuel-powered motorcycles are taken off the road.