EcoCar Solaire- sustainable mobility for the African city

EcoCar Solaire aims to convert 1000 public transport vehicles to solar energy.

An initiative of MUSEKE | innovate the city

Overview of the project

The EcoCar Solaire project aims to transform 20% of public transport to solar energy by converting fossil fuel vehicles from the informal public transport system such as mini-buses (called cars rapides) to solar energy based green vehicles. The project aims to reduce 300,000 tons of CO2, thus eliminating one of the sources of air pollution in Dakar, and to secure 30,000 jobs related to the informal transport sector in Dakar.

The EcoCar Solaire project enhances existing economic structures and know-how. Through the transformation of an existing urban transport network and a low-cost approach, the project secures transport for the most vulnerable strata and the only means of transport that allows market women to transport their goods such as fish and vegetables in the working class neighbourhoods to feed a large part of the population.

The project led by the MUSEKE association and initiated by MANDU|architexture & urbanizm was developed in a participatory process together with the beneficiaries, users such as market women, transport operators, energy specialists and CETUD the main state partner.
The objective is to develop sustainable solutions for public transport in African cities that are easily replicable and accessible to all social strata, while building on existing economic structures, local resources and renewable energy to make cities more resilient to climate change.


EcoCar Solaire vise à transformer 1000 véhicules des transports public à l'énergie solaire.

Level of progress

Ongoing research

Project timeline

01/06/2018 - projet toujours en cours

Quantitative results

– more than 300 participants sensitized in the participative workshops of the Solar EcoCar project
– 2 pilot vehicles built / refurbished with local market mechanics
– 32 local market mechanics trained

Qualitative results
  • Training and awareness-raising workshops for key mobility actors at the decisive level and at the level of private operators were conducted on the topic of sustainable mobility and renewable energies and their potential benefits for the climate, the environment and health.
  • Interviews and baseline studies were conducted to define the potential and challenges of the existing mobility network and allowed to adapt the project to the actual need and ensure the efficiency of the investments.
  • A concept for the transformation of fossil vehicles into solar coaches and a network of solar stations was developed, the necessary agreements and funds for the transformation of 1000 vehicles into solar coaches for the reduction of carbon emissions were acquired.

The project is mainly financed by private investment and carbon reduction grants.

About the

MUSEKE | innovate the city

Mandu dos Santos Pinto
Project Manager
+41 79 705 89 94

By engaging in innovative and sustainable projects, the MUSEKE association wants to counter the urban divide and prepare cities of the South to face the immense challenges of climate change and urban growth and to transform their difficulties into drivers of social and economic improvement. MUSEKE promotes the sustainable development of cities in the South by supporting and initiating projects that use green technologies and renewable energy, strengthen participatory and democratic processes, and encourage best practices and exchange between stakeholders and decision makers.

A project
in collaboration
  • MANDU | architexture & urbanizm

    Secteur privé

    Mandu dos Santos Pinto
  • myclimate

    Fondation climatique

    Franziska Heidenreich

    Institut de recherche apliquée / Hub technologique

    Mario Vögeli
  • InGreen

    Bureau d'ingénieur / secteur privé

    Alex Garate Arrazola
  • COSEER Energy

    Ingénieur énergie renouvelables / secteur privé

    Abdoulaye Ba

    Institut publique

    Ababacar Fall
Other partners / supporters

• KLIK Climate Foundation
• Heinrich Böll Sénégal Foundation
• Swiss Green Economy Symposium
• Swisscham Africa