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Data needed to decarbonize paratransit in Sub-Saharan Africa

Sustainably transitioning to electric vehicles is challenging where transport and electricity systems are poorly defined due to a lack of data, such as those dominated by paratransit (informal, privately owned ‘public’ transport). We call for a more systemic approach to data collection as a key enabler for this transition.

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Fig. 1: The potential benefits of EV adoption to achieving the UN Sustainable Development Goals.


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We acknowledge the support of M. D. McCulloch. We acknowledge core funding from the Climate Compatible Growth Programme of the United Kingdom’s Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO). The views expressed in this paper do not necessarily reflect the UK government’s official policies.

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Collett, K.A., Hirmer, S.A. Data needed to decarbonize paratransit in Sub-Saharan Africa. Nat Sustain 4, 562–564 (2021).

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