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Aligned simulation models for simulating Africa’s electric minibus taxis

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posted on 2023-06-09, 14:26 authored by Chris Joseph AbrahamChris Joseph Abraham, Arnold Rix, Marthinus Johannes BooysenMarthinus Johannes Booysen

Planning for eventual electrification of transport in sub-Saharan Africa requires accurate simulation of its unique transport systems. The few studies that attempt to model electric minibus taxis – vehicles extensively used in sub-Saharan Africa’s public transport systems – vary greatly in their results. In this paper, we analyse, compare and correct the only two existing studies that project energy efficiency values of electric minibus taxis in the region. One of the studies projected an efficiency of 0.39kWh/km, while the other projected 0.93kWh/km. We carefully analyse the simulation tools and models and cumulatively applying corrections from literature and scientific analyses. As a result, we eliminate the discrepancy between the two simulation tools for a given data input and obtain a final efficiency estimation that ranges from 0.49–0.52kWh/km, depending on the input data.


MTN South Africa (Contract S003061)

Eskom (Tertiary Education Support Programme)

National Research Foundation of South Africa (Reference number: MND200609529659)

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH


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Stellenbosch University

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  • South Africa