SHOULD MELLOWCABS FIND ITS WAY INTO NIGERIA, MANY WOULD BE GLAD TO SAY GOODBYE TO KEKE NAPEPS. ARE YOU WONDERING WHAT WE ARE ON ABOUT? IT'S MELLOW CABS.
A South African startup, manufacturing three-wheeled vehicles for intra-urban transportation named Mellowcabs listed Nigeria as a major launch target in 2014. As old a news as this is, we haven’t stopped being both hopeful and excited at the possibilities this would bring to Nigeria’s struggling transport system. The company which was started by a South African Entrepreneur, Neil Du Preez in 2014. The vehicle is cute and interesting to look at; safer, eco-friendly, noiseless and efficient in short intra-city transportation. Through the years, the vehicle has undergone testing upon testing and is ready for pubic and commercial use. Though there was an initial plan of making a debut in the streets of South Africa in 2016, the cabs haven’t began operations yet. The designer and manufacturer highlighted Nigeria, Kenya and USA as major target for the sleek cabs.
Here are a few of the things we love the most about these cabs:
Power friendly: The Mellowcab is powered both by a hydrogen fuel cell and human energy through pedaling. Though pedaling doesn't propel the cab forward, the exercise helps charge an electric battery which is used for other functions in the vehicle. The cab captures energy every time the driver brakes. Since this electric vehicle was designed to stay power friendly, there is no need for petrol or diesel; 35% of the vehicle’s power has been designed to be solar powered, using the solar panel on the roof of the cab. Considering the high cost of Petrol now, this is a major plus
Eco-friendly: Mellow cabs have been made to stay completely emission free thereby being extra kind to the environment. Inside the cab is said to have been manufactured with recycled plastic.
Keke Doppelganger: Motor Tricycles aren’t any new means of transportation around Nigeria. Mellow Cabs being three-wheeled shares an interesting semblance with the popular Kekep Napep which plays a huge role in public transportation of goods and people in Nigeria
Sleek design: The vehicle has really cute and sleek design, giving passengers an open view of the city and allowing them seat in an ergonomic command-position. It’s interesting to note that the company is leveraging on this intriguing feature of being cute and easily likable in offering brands and companies adverts on and in the vehicle (using interactive tablets mounted on the rear seat of the driver).
Traffic friendly: The structure and design of the vehicle is “mellow” and not obtrusive giving it an advantage in size, this makes the vehicle easy to glide through traffic jams unlike normal cabs.
Low cost: The fact that the vehicle does not depend on fuel is a great way to reduce expenditures of the driver. A more welcoming news is that the company runs a business model that relies more on advertising than passenger fares thereby reducing the cost for riding on the cab
Transportation remains a major factor in the progress and advancement for every country. Moving people and goods from one place to another effectively, comfortably and timely plays a key role in the country’s general growth. Mellow cabs may just be the future of transportation and way out of Africa’s struggle with public transportation. What do you think?