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Mobility for Africa is working with a strategic Chinese partner, and social impact investors, to build a market, using a social enterprise model that provides a package of services from skills to low income financing. It is providing low-cost quality renewable electric tricycles, bicycles and small scale vehicles built for a rural environment.

Tools and Features

  • leveraging technological know-how and manufacturing skills from China
  • produce low-cost quality renewable electric tricycles, bicycles and small scale vehicles Branded under “Mobility for Africa”
  • establish a local manufacturing joint venture to expand distribution including to other countries in Southern and Eastern Africa

Governance of Case

  • the initiative is a partnership between China’s Tsinghua University Lifelong Learning Lab, Midlands State University Incubation Hub and Mobility for Africa, along with Solar Shack

Drivers for Open Mobility

  • powered through community-based off grid energy supply, e-tricycles could provide the incentive for increased economic activity, creating new local markets and enhancing rural livelihoods