Diesel and gas safari vehicles are often loud and smelly, which can be disruptive to animals and hurt the environment. Electric safari vehicles will be quieter and they won’t release odors that can scare animals (and riders).
All the typical benefits for passenger electric cars will be useful for electric safari vehicles as well. The vehicles won’t produce CO2 emissions and companies can save costs on refueling over time.
Autoblog reported that the Kenyan-Swedish firm, Opibus, is converting their current vehicles in Kenya’s Masai Mara National Reserve into EVs. Opibus is the only company converting its vehicles in Kenya and has only electrified 10 vehicles so far.
However, if Opibus starts to find a lot of success with switching to EVs, you can expect more safari companies to try. In Kenya, South Africa, and other countries where safari tourism is important to the economy, the less disruptive vehicles are, the better it is for wildlife.
It’s good for animals and for tourists who don’t want to scare away the elephants or lions they’re trying to see. But, there are several drawbacks to EVs.
Potential obstacles to EV adoption for nature reserves
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Jane Lu is excited about writing and digital media. She has published blog posts for SAP’s Digitalist Magazine with a focus on emerging technology and trends. When she’s not writing about car insurance or upcoming vehicles, you can find her drawing on a graphics tablet or trying to find new places with good french fries.