Windhoek 15 June 2021 – Melkies Ausiku the founder and owner of LEFA Transportation Services test drove the future of transportation when he cruised around in a Tesla in Germany this week.
As someone that has a passion for all forms of transport and innovation, Melkies has long dreamed of being able to drive a Tesla Electric Vehicle (EV). In Germany, where it seems almost every new car sold is either fully electric or a hybrid, he finally got his chance.
All across the world the electric car and self-driving revolution is in full swing, in Namibia we are slower to adapt. There’s many reasons for this, but innovation, progress and technological advances will not be halted. The founder of LEFA, the ride-hailing app foresees a future of transport where the fleet of LEFA cars will consist of electric cars that produce no emission, cut down on fuel costs, noise and exhaust pollution and can ferry the clients of LEFA from A to B, safely, securely and with the minimum carbon footprint. One more important advantage of electric vehicles such as the Model 3 test bydriven Melkies, is the incredible safety features. Tesla Vehicles are equipped with the most advance safety features, making them much safer to operate, in a country riddled with growing fatal & non-fatal accidents that are mostly caused by human error. Perhaps it is time that we start adopting electrical vehicles with great safety features to help reduce the carnage on our national roads.
Melkies said; “ I’ve always admired Elon Musk an am a huge fan of Tesla cars, having now driven one myself it surpassed all my expectations . Although it may take a while and our infrastructure will need to adapt to accommodate EV’s, I have no doubt it is our future, just as it is across the world. Doing it in such as style as the Tesla delivers is just the icing on the cake. To accelerate mass adoption In the European market, governments are offering various programs such as tax benefits or purchase subsidies to individuals who buy electric vehicles. The Namibian government can adopt a similar strategy to encourage adoption of electric vehicles in Namibia”
LEFA is at the forefront of the transportation revolution and will engage and collaborate with stakeholders nationally and internationally to push the boundaries of innovation within the transportation sector to make it safer for all road-users and minimize our environmental impact.
LEFA is a shuttle requesting application that connects drivers and passengers. Passengers register in the application by entering a valid cellphone number and email address. It allows riders to request a shuttle or taxi by simply entering the location which they would like to be transported to. LEFA operates in Windhoek, Hosea Kutako International Airport as well as lodges and game farms surrounding Windhoek. LEFA provides convenient cash and cashless payment options to passengers. LEFA allows passengers to view a driver’s information and vehicle’s details before the ride as well as the ability to track their requested driver in real-time once the ride has been confirmed. Passengers are given the opportunity to rate the driver and help LEFA improve its service delivery
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