e-Quantum leap on a data highway: Planning for electric minibus taxis in sub-Saharan Africa’s paratransit system
Minibus taxis are ubiquitous in the developing cities of the Global South. This versatile, if somewhat chaotic, public transport system is now faced with the need to move to renewable energy. But the looming roll-out of electric vehicles poses a threat to the already fragile electrical grids of African cities. This chapter evaluates the energy requirements of decarbonisation and evaluates two types of data, passenger-based and vehicle-based, from research in South Africa that has modelled these taxis. Using these two data capture methods, we assess the energy requirements and charging opportunities for electric minibus paratransit in three African cities and compare the results of the two methods to assess their suitability for planning minibus taxi electrification.
This is a book chapter on the Minibus taxis are ubiquitous in the developing cities of the Global South.
Paratransit - sub-Saharan Africa, Main public transport system, Electric minibus taxis
Ndibatya, Innocent. 2021. e-Quantum leap on a data highway: Planning for electric minibus taxis in sub-Saharan Africa’s paratransit system