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Call for Expressions of Interest

SOLUTIONSplus Call for Local Innovators

Dar es Salaam

Opening of the call: January 25th, 2023

Closing of the call: February 24th, 2023

SOLUTIONSplus is an EU-funded flagship project, bringing together 48 international partners that was launched in January 2020 and has a duration of 4 years. The project aims to boost sustainable electrification of transport in large urban areas in emerging economies. The project is coordinated by the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative, a UN-Habitat Action Platform. Demonstration actions have been launched in ten cities across the globe and are followed by replication cities.

 

In Dar es Salaam, the demonstration action promotes the electrification of three-wheelers (hereafter “bajajs”) providing feeder services to the bus rapid transit system (BRT). The project also tests pedal-assist electric bicycles for urban deliveries, provides capacity building on the electrification of diverse modes as well as advises on policies to remove barriers to sustainable and electric urban mobility. The partners forming the SOLUTIONSplus Living Lab in Dar es Salaam are the Rapid Transit Agency (DART), UN-Habitat, UN Environment, the Institute for Transportation and Development (ITDP Africa), the Urban Electric Mobility Initiative (UEMI), the Wuppertal Institute (WI), the Deutsches Zentrum für Luft- und Raumfahrt - German Aerospace Center (DLR), FIER Automotive, and PluService.

To prepare the introduction of e-bajajs, the SOLUTIONSPlus team finalised a Feasibility Assessment report presenting collected data on spatial, organisational and financial patterns of conventional bajajs currently providing BRT feeder services, as well as the analysis of the regulatory, fiscal and market environment for the introduction of e-bajajs. This report is available on the SOLUTIONSplus website  (LINK). SOLUTIONSplus provided seed funding to two local innovators to develop locally built and assembled new and retrofitted e-bajajs.

Call for local innovators to procure, operate and maintain electric three-wheelers in Dar es Salaam

This call aims to select local innovators to increase the e-bajaj fleet providing feeder services in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania. In this call, the SOLUTIONSplus project makes available up to EUR 100,000 for selected private entities (including start-ups), NGOs, research institutions active in electric mobility to procure, lease and maintain electric three-wheelers for passenger services in Dar es Salaam.

 

The funding amount of EUR 100,000 is split into two lots of EUR 50,000 each, in order for SOLUTIONSplus to test up to two types of vehicles or charging technologies, or up to two service providers. However, UEMI keeps the right to award both lots to the same applicant upon any other reason known to UEMI.

 

Correspondingly, all applicants shall propose at least one scenario requesting one lot of EUR 50,000 in their financial and technical bid. Applicants are welcome to include an additional scenario of EUR 50,000. This additional scenario may either use the same vehicle technology and charging strategy as in the first lot (simple fleet increase), or propose a different one (e.g. first lot with plug-in charging, second lot with battery swapping).

 

UEMI aims to fasten the speed of uptake of e-bajajs being currently deployed in Dar es Salaam. The funding made available in this call aims to support the financial viability of ongoing initiatives. For instance, the funding may be used to reduce the down-payments requested from drivers, finance extra batteries needed if battery swapping is proposed, or any other aspect facilitating the uptake, as justified by the applicant. It is expected that the funding received from UEMI will be complemented by significant co-finance committed by the company in the form of cash and in-kind contributions, including staff time and other contributions such as office space, materials etc.

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If the need so arises, UEMI may, in its sole discretion, extend the deadline for submission of applications by amending the call text.

Call documents

Full Call Text: detailed information on the eligibility criteria, evaluation criteria, bonuses, timeframe, proposal requirements, payment schedule, submission requirements and questions.

Submission requirements and questions

 

Please return your application to opencall@uemi.net by 24th February 2023 at 11:59 pm (CET). Upon reception of the proposals, UEMI may ask any clarification question to the applicant via email.​

In the case of enquiries, please contact us by email (oliver.lah@uemi.net, emilie.martin@wupperinst.org, and jacqueline.senyagwa@uemi.net), no later than 10th of February at 11:59 pm (CET). Answers will be made available on the SOLUTIONSplus website to ensure equality of access to information between applicants, provided it does not involve business’ sensitive information. No extension of the deadline for submission of applications will be granted on the basis or grounds that UEMI has not responded to or provided any clarification to any question.​

Relevant paper

 

SOLUTIONSplus Dar es Salaam - E-bajajs Feasibility Assessment Report

Collecting data and views from transport providers: a critical step in the SOLUTIONSplus e-bajaj pilot in Dar es Salaam
Collecting data on transport patterns prior to a transition to electric mobility is a fundamental step to ensure feasibility, acceptability and long-term sustainability. It is not only essential to select an electric vehicle and charging strategy and equipment that correspond to usage and parking patterns, to design a transition that is financially and technically feasible but first and foremost to integrate the needs and the views of transport providers in this transition. To that aim, the SOLUTIONSplus team in Dar es Salaam conducted a feasibility assessment to prepare the electrification of three-wheeled vehicles (“bajajs”) currently providing BRT feeder services. 

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