One Cool Thing: EV Safaris

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Safaris in Kenya’s Maasai Mara National Reserve are getting a lot quieter, and that’s an excellent thing for eager eco-tourists looking to catch a glimpse of fantastic wildlife. The standard off-road Toyota 4×4 Landcruiser used on safaris is being replaced by an electric version that eliminates diesel fuel while staying quiet enough to get up close with lions. wildebeests, and elephants. “If you drive here silently, you will, of course, get much closer to animals…because there are no vibrations on the ground and there are no fumes,” said driver Sylvester Mukenye.

The vehicles were converted by Opibus, a Kenyan-Swedish company working to transform safari vehicles in multiple Kenyan game parks. In doing so, they’re not only preserving a peaceful habitat for the parks’ wildlife but also stimulating the regional economy, using 35% locally sourced materials, with goals to use 100%.

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