When Bitcoin was first launched in 2009, no one knew the dramatic impact cryptocurrencies would have on our world. Today, blockchain technology is used everywhere, pioneering a technological revolution across the world.
The decentralized nature of cryptocurrencies has awakened people to the potential of their powers. With no banks or intermediaries of any kind, cryptocurrencies allow people to send payments, make investments and buy certain goods and services without limits. In addition, NFT, DAO and DeFi allow self-management of property rights, operations and financial services, respectively.
In addition to technological applications, people have discovered that cryptocurrencies can be used to do good, both for the planet and for humanity as a whole. In a project called “Cardano Forest”, Veritree, a restoration group that uses blockchain to track and verify restoration projects, has planted over 1 million trees in different parts of Madagascar, Indonesia, Nepal, Kenya, Senegal and Haiti. The operation was funded by Cardano’s philanthropic holders, with some donations reaching tens of thousands of ADA tokens.
Blockchain is perfect for project tracking and verification because of its immutable and transparent nature: transparency makes publicly stored data verifiable and immutability makes that data tamper-proof. These aspects also make blockchain ideal for managing digital asset ownership, enabling efficient issuance and trading of stocks and bonds on-chain.
Bob Eco Ltd, an environmentally-focused electric vehicle company offering electric two- and three-wheel vehicles in developing countries. Bob Eco is a pioneer in the digital asset space raising funds through something he calls “ICOWA” or “ICO with Assets”. ICOs, or Initial Coin Offerings, are fundraising events during which cryptocurrency projects sell utility tokens to early investors to raise capital. In an ICOWA, digital asset tokens are sold, not utility tokens.
Bob makes a difference by supplying electric motorcycles and electric tricycles in Africa. Bob Eco offers there on a self-rental basis, which are custom built to transport passengers and deliver food, packages and products.
Bob’s also offers a real-time exchange service that allows Bob’s riders to change their motorcycle batteries for free; this saves passengers about $4.40 in fuel a day, making them nearly four times as much as traditional gas-powered motorcycle taxis. Bob motorcycles are the world’s first mass-market electric vehicles that cost less to own, maintain and operate than a fuel-powered vehicle.
As African fuel-powered motorcycle taxis emit around 5 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) every year, Africa’s 100 million motorcycle taxis emit 500 million tonnes of CO2 emissions every year. Bob’s goal is to see all motorcycle taxis go electric in the next 10 years, helping passengers and the world.