Transportation

Electric Mini-Cabs Provide Last-Mile Transit

Mellowcabs’ electric mini-cabs offer cheap, on-demand taxi services in urban areas. Designed for commuters traveling within a four kilometer radius, Mellowcabs helps solve first- and last-mile transportation in South African cities, making these eco-friendly cabs a viable alternative to private vehicles and ordinary taxis. After a successful pilot phase, Mellowcabs plans to launch a fleet of 50 vehicles. 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 kilometer radius, commuters pay a flat fee, making the system more transparent and accountable than ordinary taxi services.

Why you should care

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

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