Mbay Mobility Is Launching An All-Electrical Taxi Financing Platform In Senegal

“M’Bay” means to domesticate in Wolof, the primary language in Senegal. The aptly named “Mbay Mobility” needs to assist domesticate and develop the inexperienced mobility sector in West Africa, beginning in Dakar Senegal. Mbay needs to play a key position within the transition to electrical mobility by being the primary mover within the electrical automotive sector in Senegal and within the wider West African area, which continues to be at a nascent stage of EV adoption.

Mbay is trying on the complete ecosystem and dealing with key stakeholders, comparable to insurance coverage companies, banks, authorities, worldwide donors, and garages in Senegal. Mbay has helped curate a complete e-mobility centered insurance coverage bundle and acquired a 75,000 euro grant from the Netherlands to execute a upkeep coaching programme for technicians, which they carried out in collaboration with the Senegalese Ministry of Training and SolarTaxi Ghana. Mbay can be working with the federal government and different companions to discover methods of incentivising the adoption of electrical mobility, particularly by changing the very excessive 70% import tax with taxes that solely kick in after the EVs are on Senegalese roads and producing financial savings for his or her customers. 

Picture from coaching session, courtesy of Mbay Mobility.

Picture from coaching session, courtesy of Mbay Mobility.

Two of the primary issues Mbay is tackling are growing air air pollution and carbon emissions, attributable to numerous ageing inner combustion autos in congested cities. Basically, all of the automobiles on Dakar’s roads use low-quality fossil gas and contribute to about 2.2 million tonnes of CO2 emissions per yr, with a calculated social value of $97 million per yr. These numbers are growing quickly. Moreover, 1 / 4 of toddler deaths in West Africa at the moment are associated to air air pollution. Air air pollution additionally results in different ailments that result in elevated public well being prices, decrease studying outcomes in school, and lowered productiveness within the office. 

An older taxi in Dakar.

An older taxi in Dakar.

Ageing taxis are a number of the worst contributors to this air pollution. There are about 16,000 taxis in Dakar, Senegal, and though they account for lower than 5% of Dakar’s car inhabitants, they represent about 45% of the site visitors movement on common as they zoom via town all day on the lookout for clients. These taxis contribute not less than 20% of the air air pollution in Dakar, so switching them to electrical would have large advantages for everybody within the metropolis.

Mbay imports and retails electrical automobiles, and the taxi trade is one in every of its key goal markets. Mbay says that its EVs will present engaging financial savings for EV taxi homeowners, higher working circumstances for drivers, and higher consolation and safety for passengers. These EVs are additionally tailored for the native context, with greater floor clearance to cater to non-paved roads and domestic-plug charging to keep away from infrastructure constraints. Their vary is about 250 km, in keeping with the day by day necessities of the typical distances lined by taxis in Dakar. The common taxi in Dakar does about 175 km per day, so the 250 km vary is greater than sufficient.

Mbay calculates that taxis switching to its electrical automobiles will save about $33 per day on account of the decrease “fuelling”prices in addition to the decrease servicing and upkeep prices. This works out to about $12,000 in annual financial savings per automotive and about $150,000 over the lifecycle of the car within the taxi trade.

Mbay additionally affords model new electrical automobiles, which will probably be a serious step up from the ICE taxi trade that’s dominated by used automobiles — ageing ICE automobiles. To decrease the obstacles to entry, Mbay is working with banks and different monetary establishments to supply financing packages. Mbay will couple this with a geolocation and immobilization software program bundle in circumstances of non-payment/default. This PayGo operate deactivates automobiles at distance, enabling low cost financing by lowering fee threat for banks. The banks are additionally on this venture, because it provides them a platform for financing inexperienced initiatives, in keeping with a few of their ESG targets and mandates.

The day by day financial savings generated by Mbay’s EVs cowl the month-to-month funds and curiosity funds for the financial institution loans, so this could speed up adoption. However, in any other case, there are presently no incentives for electrical automobiles in Senegal. Mbay says if incentives comparable to lowering the import taxes and duties have been launched, this is able to decrease the prices of the automobiles to the taxi homeowners and speed up the clear transport revolution they’re making an attempt to set off. Mbay can be providing home charging providers for its clients.

Mbay’s consultations with drivers within the taxi trade highlights a number of the challenges drivers and operators face. A driver who drives a 1995 Peugeot says, “I pay $17 per day to lease my automotive. As it’s over 25 years outdated, it’s not very snug and desires upkeep each Sunday. It sounds just like the MBAY automotive doesn’t want weekly upkeep and is way more snug, so I might love to modify to one in every of their automobiles.

One other driver, who makes use of a 1998 Toyota, says, “It’s onerous being a taxi driver. Gasoline could be very costly and I pay half of the upkeep prices. I want to use an Mbay EV so I can cut back upkeep prices and earn extra.

One other driver added, “The air pollution could be very dangerous for our well being. My youngsters have respiration issues. If I may drive a cleaner automotive, I might do this. I may simply cost the automotive at my house”

Mbay’s work suits in properly with Senegal’s inexperienced improvement plan Le Plan Sénégal Emergent Vert, which is looking for to advertise inexperienced progress and sustainable improvement.

Mbay can be increasing to Abidjan and Accra within the close to future, as soon as the scale-up in Senegal is properly underway. Mbay was based by Matthew Sellar, Thebean Gilfillian, and Stefan Heijboer.

These kinds of financing platforms have nice potential to essentially rework the taxi trade on this area in addition to rework the transport and mobility panorama ecosystem. Plenty of focus has been on electrifying the bike sector in a number of nations on the continent. Nonetheless, in nations comparable to Senegal the place bike taxis are restricted in giant cities comparable to Dakar, ICE automobiles are a serious phase within the transport sector. There’s a large alternative to enhance the standard of service via programmes that facilitate the financing of contemporary autos and within the course of decrease operational prices, thereby enhancing incomes and remodeling lives.

Pictures courtesy of Mbay


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