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MAUTO Electric Bikes Project


Project Name: Grouped Electric Bikes project in Africa

Project owner: Spiro

Standard: Verra VCS

Project ID: 3985

In sub-Saharan Africa, the transport sector account for 14.5% of total energy combustion, the sector is the second largest source of CO2 emissions in Africa, accounting for 28% of the total emissions of the continent.
The purpose of this project is to tackle these issues with the distribution of 9 million electric motorcycles (2 wheelers and 3 wheelers) in different countries across Africa, and build assembly factories and swapping/charging stations in each country where the project will take place.
MAUTO’s electric motorbikes will be mainly used by taxi, delivery services and individuals.

Since fossil fuel powered motorbikes are almost considered as the public transportation system of most of West African countries, introducing electric motorcycles will significantly reduce the carbon emissions created by the existing vehicles. To monitor all trips and calculate emission reduction, all the bikes are fitted with advanced IOT systems to track their kilometers traveled, speed, location etc.

Around 80% of the electricity that will be used for charging the vehicle will be from solar PV recharge stations.

Founded in 2019, Spiro began as “M Auto Electric”. M Auto worked for eight years on streamlining the auto-rickshaw industry and introducing gender inclusion in transportation. M Auto was launched in Africa in 2022 and is currently operational in Benin, Togo, Rwanda and Uganda.

In 2022, M Auto underwent a rebrand to launch Spiro. Leveraging on their experience in innovation and market understanding they created a brand that offers a desirable yet sustainable long-term ecosystem for urban mobility.


Bikes are considered as one of the most efficient public transportation system in West African countries.

The project introduces electric bikes that will reduce the carbon emission created by the existing vehicles.

Spiro has a strong policy on women’s employment.

The bikes are operated by women technicians who are a part of MAUTO’s huge diverse and inclusive workforce.

Spiro is using local workforce for its factory, drivers and maintenance mechanics.

The project will create more than 2,000 jobs locally.

The transport sector is the second largest source of emissions in Africa.

Thanks to the project, 2,000,000 tCO2 will be saved each year.