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The Ivorian resort of Jacqueville, just outside the city of Abidjan, is betting on solar-powered three-wheelers as it looks to replace traditional but noisy and dirty bush taxis.The minicars, 2.7 meters long and 2 meters high, are covered in solar panels, each fitted out with six 12-volt batteries, giving the vehicles a range of 140 kilometers.Returning from a visit to China, the solar cars' promoter Marc Togbe pitched his plan to Mayor Joachim Beugre, who was immediately sold.The trikes have also provided work for around 20 people, including drivers and mechanics.The wells outside the town produce 6.65 million cubic meters of gas a day, while several foreign firms run pipelines taking oil and gas across the town to feed the refineries at Abidjan.Even though by September the country had burned through barely 1 single megawatt of solar energy for this year, Beugre is undaunted.
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