While Tunisia wants to reduce by 46% its greenhouse gas emissions (GHG), the German-Tunisian mobility start-up Bako Motors has recently provided six health centers with solar-powered electric tricycles in order to facilitate their interventions on the ground.
The German-Tunisian mobility start-up Bako Motors recently delivered six electric tricycles to health centers in the Tunisian cities of El Guettar, Gabes, Kairouan, Kasserine, Djerba-Midoun and Tozeur. The initiative was co-financed by the German Agency for International Cooperation (GIZ) under the project Decentralized Cooperation Maghreb-Germany (KWT II) implemented by the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ).
The solar-powered machines were manufactured in the company’s factory located in the industrial zone of Mghira near the governorate of Ben Arous. They will facilitate the movement of medical teams in their vaccination and awareness campaigns. “In the medium term, these tricycles will bring basic health services closer to people with reduced mobility or to people living far from the health centers of our six partner municipalities,” says Bako Motors.
According to the start-up created in 2021 by engineer Boubaker Siala, each tricycle includes a 4,000-watt motor and an electric battery with a range of 200 kilometers per charge with a solar panel or a 220-watt domestic socket. A year ago, Bako Motors announced the local manufacture of a range of 70 tricycles and electric bicycles at a unit price of 12,000 dinars (3,700 euros) excluding taxes.
These electric vehicles will also be marketed in Nigeria where the start-up plans to set up a subsidiary before 2024 with the aim of developing ecological mobility in the rest of Africa. Indeed, the continent is paying the price of global warming accentuated by air pollution. The thermal vehicles that pass daily on the highways are at the origin of this phenomenon. Thus, the use of clean energies, especially solar solutions to power cars, will allow the decarbonization of the transport sector.