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Integrating Electric 2&3 Wheelers into Existing Urban Transport Modes in Developing and Transitional Countries

As of: April 2020

Objective and activities

This project develops programs in six countries from two sub-regions to start the transition from internal combustion engine to electric and non-motorized 2&3 wheelers, to reduce transport emissions. The project aims for a transformative integration of electric 2&3 wheelers into existing urban transport modes via a comprehensive policy framework and replicate this to other countries in the sub-regions, as a first step towards a general shift to electric mobility. A global transition stands to reduce road transport emissions by at least 1.5 Gt of CO2. This intervention directly impacts the population of the countries by reducing air pollution, improving national energy security, creating green jobs and helping to reduce poverty and inequality. Activities are divided into three key components: I. Planning and project baseline setting II. Policy design (stakeholder mobilization, pilots, technical assessments, awareness, etc.) III. Knowledge management and policy replication.

State of implementation/results

  • Development of a free tool to estimate the potential for energy, emissions and cost savings from shifting to electromobility: (…)
  • Development of a free database containing information on fiscal, regulatory and other policies related to electromobility in countries around the world:…
  • Support the Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) in developing standards and specifications for electric mobility in Kenya (UN-Environment and GIZ) (…).%20-%20Pages%203752%20%20%E2%80%93%203753)
  • Supporting Philippine partners in the development of national standards for electric road vehicles. 23 standards for electric road vehicles were adopted
  • Official launch of electric mobility pilot projects in Kenya, Vietnam and Philippines:
  • Under the leadership of the Energy Regulatory Commission, two pilot projects with the city of Kisumu (Kenya's third largest city) and the Kenya Power & Lightning Company were launched at the 4th United Nations Environmental Assembly in Nairobi on 15 March 2019. 50 electric motorcycles will be donated for the two pilots of TAILG, a Chinese electric mobility company (…)
  • On 28 March 2018, the University of Transport Technology in Hanoi announced the launch of joint pilot projects with the Vietnamese Ministry of Transport, the National Traffic Safety Committee and the Honda Vietnam Company (…)
  • On 26 November 2019 the pilot with the Philippine Post Corporation (PHL Post), TAILG and Clean Air Asia was lauched during a Press Conference in Pasig City, Philippines
  • In June 2019, the GEF approved allocation of USD 34 Million to a global programme led by UNEP and International Energy Agency to support 17 developing and transitional countries with the shift to electric mobility. UNEP will lead the implementation in Togo, Sierra Leone, Côte d'Ivoire, Madagascar, Burundi and Seychelles. All these country projects except for Seychelles will support the introduction of electric 2&3 wheelers.

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Project data

Ethiopia, Kenya, Philippines, Thailand, Uganda, Vietnam

Implementing organisation:
United Nations Environment Programme (UN Environment)

Partner institution(s):
  • Department of Alternative Energy Development and Efficiency (DEDE) - Thailand, Department of Energy (DOE) - Philippines, Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development - Uganda

BMU grant:
3.333.500,00 €

03/2017  till  02/2021



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