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A greener ride: West Africans switch on to electric motorbikes

A greener ride: West Africans switch on to electric motorbikes

COTONOU: Beninese hairdresser Edwige Govi makes a point these days of using electric motorbike taxis to get around Cotonou, saying she enjoys a ride that is quiet and clean.Motorcycle taxis are a popular and cheap form of transportation in West Africa.But in Benin and Togo, electric models are gaining the ascendancy over petrol-powered rivals.Customers are plumping for environmentally-friendlier travel and taxi drivers are switching to machines that, above all, are less expensive to buy and operate.“They are very quiet and do not give off smoke,“ says Govi, 26, who had just completed a half-hour run across Benin’s economic hub.In African cities, road pollution is becoming a major health and environment issue, although for taxi drivers, the big attraction of electric motorcycles is the cost.“I manage to get by,“ said Govi’s driver, Octave, wearing the green and yellow vest used by Benin’s zemidjan taxis -- a word meaning “take me quickly” in the local Fon language.“I make more money tha

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