The SAIEE Africa Research Journal will publish a Special Issue on the decarbonisation of road transport in Sub_Saharan Africa (SSA). The special issue offers authors an opportunity to publish work on this rapidly growing field of research in SAIEE Africa Research Journal, which is resident in the region to which the research pertains. Authors are invited to submit novel work of up to 10 pages to this special issue. The deadline for submission of manuscripts is 30 June, 2022 and publication is tentatively scheduled for March 2023. Submissions should be made online at, with papers formatted compliant to SAIEE Africa Research Journal.


The development of low-carbon transport in cities is crucial to the global agenda to combat climate change’s various effects sustainably. In fact, three of the seventeen United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, one, eleven and thirteen, are clean energy, sustainable cities and climate action. The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC) estimates that the transport sector generates 23 % of the global energy-related greenhouse emissions (Sims et al., 2014). In sub-Saharan Africa the deteriorating air quality resulting from ambient air pollution and a high concentration of particulate matter is partly attributed to vehicle emissions. The WHO estimated that 1,100,000 deaths in Africa in 2016 were due to air pollution, though the figure may be higher than reported because air pollution epidemiological data is limited.The cost of air pollution in African cities has been estimated  to be as high as 2.7 % of GDP. Consequently, electrification is promoted as a low-carbon transport strategy to reduce combustion emissions and slow down the possibly damaging effects of climate change. In the same spirit, the transition to electric vehicles is gradually picking up in developing countries to the extent that some vehicle manufacturers are planning to phase out internal combustion engines. Sub-Saharan Africa is seeing a few isolated pilot electric vehicle projects, mainly focusing on micro-mobility (such as motorcycles and tricycles), as well as buses and private cars). 

The looming revolution of the transport sector presents a big unknown for SSA – a region with many unique challenges and opportunities. This special issue will provide an opportunity to explore some of these with a special focus on the region. 

Topics and Areas of Interest (not limited to the following):

  • Impact of EVs on electrical distribution systems
  • Energy storage in EVs in SSA
  • Energy storage requirements of road infrastructure
  • Potential for renewable energy sources
  • Potential for retrofitting of vehicles
  • Alternative energy sources and hybrid solutions
  • Value added services enabled by EV
  • Simulation platforms
  • Synthetic data generators

The following are proposed as focus application areas:

  • Retail distribution
  • Last-mile delivery vehicles (couriers and online shopping deliveries)
  • Informal transport/paratransit
  • Ride-hailing/ride-sharing
  • Cold-chain logistics

The guest editors of the special issue are:

• Prof M.J. Booysen Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Email:
• Dr A.J. Rix Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Email:
• Dr B. Bekker Stellenbosch University, South Africa. Email:
• Dr Christopher de Saxe, Cambridge University, United Kingdom. Email:
• Prof Steven Jones, The University of Alabama, United States of America. Email:


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