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Electric Mobility in East-Africa: How the Policy and Stakeholder Environment Tackles the Integration of Informal Transport Systems Into Low-Carbon Transition – Case Studies From Kigali, Kisumu, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam

Version 1 : Received: 31 December 2020 / Approved: 4 January 2021 / Online: 4 January 2021 (12:23:46 CET)

How to cite: Galuszka, J.; Martin, E.; Nkurunziza, A.; Achieng' Oginga, J.; Senyagwa, J.; Teko, E.; Lah, O. Electric Mobility in East-Africa: How the Policy and Stakeholder Environment Tackles the Integration of Informal Transport Systems Into Low-Carbon Transition – Case Studies From Kigali, Kisumu, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Preprints 2021, 2021010029 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0029.v1). Galuszka, J.; Martin, E.; Nkurunziza, A.; Achieng' Oginga, J.; Senyagwa, J.; Teko, E.; Lah, O. Electric Mobility in East-Africa: How the Policy and Stakeholder Environment Tackles the Integration of Informal Transport Systems Into Low-Carbon Transition – Case Studies From Kigali, Kisumu, Nairobi and Dar es Salaam. Preprints 2021, 2021010029 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202101.0029.v1).

Abstract

Electric mobility begins to enter East-African markets. This paper aims to investigate what policy level solutions and stakeholder constellations are established in the context of e-mobility in Dar es Salaam, Kigali, Kisumu and Nairobi and in which ways they attempt to tackle implementation of electric mobility solutions. The study employs two key methods including content analysis of policy and programmatic documents as well as interviews based on purposive sampling ap-proach with stakeholders involved in mobility transitions. The study findings point out that transport operators and their representative associations are less recognized as major players in the transition, far behind new e-mobility players (start-ups) and public authorities. The study further indicates that a set of financial and technical barriers persist such as high upfront invest-ment costs in vehicles and infrastructure, or anxieties regarding competitiveness with fossil fuel vehicles, that constrain the uptake of such private e-mobility initiatives. This study concludes by identifying current gaps that need to be tackled by policy makers and stakeholders in order to implement inclusive electric mobility in East-African cities, considering modalities that include transport providers and address their financial constraints.

Subject Areas

electric mobility; paratransit; informality; Sustainability transitions; East-Africa; transport

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