A road map for e-mobility transition in Rwanda

Policy brief Cities

  • Electric vehicles (EV) are gaining popularity among both governments and the private sector globally as an energy efficient mobility technology and the Government of Rwanda (GoR) embraces the fact that their expansion is now inevitable, as they aim to scale up their nascent e-moto industry.
  • The researchers recommend e-mobility be implemented in the context of a wider vision and set of policies that increase person-carrying capacity of roads, implement complete streets and integrate different modes of transport.
  • The researchers suggest GoR identify a viable market segment of early EV adopters, and apply a combination of fiscal incentives including price subsidies, well-targeted tax breaks, and non-fiscal incentives to increase e-mobility in the early stages.
  • Also, GoR will need to work out the detail of standards, regulations and planning for charging infrastructure, recycling of batteries, parking and data, incorporating institutions in charge of urban and land use planning, budgeting, and data governance, in this process.
  • GoR should also focus on the whole ecosystem of e-mobility and take an adaptive thinking approach that will facilitate removal of barriers in each part of the ecosystem.