Electric Mini-Cabs Provide Last-Mile Transit

Mellowcabs’ electric mini-cabs provide low-cost, eco-friendly, and convenient last-mile transport services in South African cities.

Mellowcabs’ electric mini-cabs off er cheap, on-demand taxi services in urban areas. Designed for commuters traveling within a four-km radius, Mellowcabs helps solve first- and last-mile transportation in South African cities, making these eco-friendly cabs a viable alternative to private vehicles or diesel-run taxis.
After a successful pilot period, Mellowcabs will launch a fleet of 50 vehicles in September 2016. The cabs will be available in Johannesburg, Cape Town, and Stellenbosch. The company will offer Mellowcab services along set routes – for instance, from a train or bus station to a commercial area or university campus – as well as through on-demand booking. Within a four-km radius, commuters pay a flat fee, making the system more transparent and accountable than ordinary cab services.

Relevance of solution

The transportation sector is responsible for approximately 23% of global CO2 emissions.1 Meanwhile, according to the company, 80% of all urban vehicle trips are shorter than four km. Using electric vehicles for these short-distance trips saves fuel and reduces urban pollution.

Triple Bottom Line

Environmental

The company reports that replacing just one fossil fuel-powered cab with a Mellowcab could save up to 4.3 metric tons of CO2 per year.

Social

Mellowcab’s low-cost last-mile services allows commuters to benefit from shorter, cheaper, and more environmentally friendly commutes.

Economic

Since mobility in urban areas facilitates growth and employment,2 by providing accessible and efficient transportation, Mellowcabs helps promote healthy urban economic conditions.


Sources

  1. World Bank. “Urban Transport and Climate Change.” (2012)
  2. European Commission. “Clean Transport, Urban Transport.” (2015)