KENYA – Kenyan technology start-up eWAKA has forged a strategic partnership with financial and energy company Powerbase to accelerate the transition to sustainable transportation across Africa.

Powerbase, boasting extensive experience in renewable energy and expertise spanning project engineering, construction, e-mobility, and policy development, is collaborating with a leading microfinance bank in Kenya.

Under this partnership, Powerbase and eWAKA aim to facilitate the shift to electric mobility by enhancing affordability and eliminating financial barriers to rapid adoption.

Celeste Vogel, CEO of eWAKA, expressed excitement about the collaboration, stating, “We are thrilled to join forces with Powerbase in our shared mission to revolutionize transportation in Africa.

“This partnership will enable us to scale our operations and deliver our cutting-edge electric mobility solutions to a wider audience, empowering communities and businesses to embrace a cleaner, more sustainable future.”

Jacinta Odhiambo, Director of the Africa Region at Powerbase PTY, affirmed the commitment to drive the transition to clean renewable energy and sustainable mobility.

Odhiambo highlighted the synergy between Powerbase’s expertise in project engineering, construction, e-mobility, access to finance, and policy development, and eWAKA’s innovative electric mobility solutions.

This synergy is poised to overcome adoption barriers and accelerate the proliferation of electric motorcycles across the continent.

This collaboration marks a significant advancement in addressing the environmental and economic challenges associated with traditional fuel-based transportation in Africa.

By combining their strengths, eWAKA and Powerbase PTY are paving the way for a more sustainable, efficient, and cost-effective mobility future for the region.

In addition to this partnership, eWAKA also entered into a successful collaboration with Rwanda’s AC Mobility (Tap & Go) last August, introducing electric kick scooters and cargo e-bicycles to the Rwandan market.

This initiative has already achieved significant milestones, including a successful pilot of 50 kick scooters in a local park. Presently, eWAKA is generating interest with its Shujaa electric cargo bicycle, with a second pilot program underway.

With strategic plans to deploy at least 500 kick scooters and cargo e-bicycles by the end of 2023, tailored for commuting, exploration, and delivery services, the partnership aims to make electric mobility solutions accessible and affordable in Rwanda.

Furthermore, the partnership envisions deploying approximately 1,000 cargo e-bicycles and kick scooters across the country by the end of 2024, reflecting the firm commitment of both entities to sustainable urban mobility.

The expansion into Rwanda marks eWAKA’s first venture outside of Kenya, aligning with the company’s 2023-2024 growth strategy focused on introducing products designed and manufactured for Africa, in Africa, while meeting global mobility standards.

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