On the busy streets of Togo’s capital, Lomé, change is afoot amongst some of the city’s motorcycle taxi drivers.
They’re going electric.
At a battery swapping station, drivers are quick to share their enthusiasm for their new e-motorcycles, replacements for the petrol-powered models they once rode.
“I can say there are four advantages or benefits to using an electric motorcycle,” says Aounon Yao, who recently switched from driving a combustion-powered motorcycle.
“Firstly, the electric motorcycle is half the price to run. Secondly, it doesn’t explode in the event of an accident. Thirdly, it reduces noise and air pollution. And fourthly, it is healthy to ride.”