Now that motorcycles have become another mode of public transport in East African Countries, Kenya is spearheading efforts to convert them into electric powered two-wheelers.
Kenyan President William Ruto, has officially launched the Roam Park, which is going to be East Africa’s largest electric motorcycle assembly plant, in Nairobi.
The facility is reported to boast an annual production capacity of 50,000 units of e-Motorcycles.
Roam Park is currently also absorbing more than 200 employees.
As he inaugurated the park, President Ruto who was accompanied by key government officials, explored the expansive facility, marvelling at the local production activities in the assembly line.
“This facility showcases Kenya’s potential as a leader in clean energy transportation solutions in Africa,” he said.
According to the Head of State, the initiative aligns perfectly with the country’s goals to reduce carbon emissions and promote clean energy alternatives.
The company plans to supply the motorcycles with rechargeable batteries to other East African Countries such as Uganda and Tanzania where the ‘Boda-Boda,’ tax business flourishes.
It was stated that the assembly plant will not only contribute to our environmental goals but also foster economic growth by creating job opportunities and nurturing local talent in the automotive industry.
Roam is a technology company that develops designs and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African continent, leading the transition to sustainable transport.
Founded in 2017, it became the first company to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses. With 200 employees, Roam was recently a finalist in the Prince William Earth Short prize.
The facility fulfils the shared vision to revolutionize urban mobility through electric motorcycles which offer a sustainable transportation solution for motorcycle taxis used in the boda-boda and other logistics sectors.
The Governor of Nairobi, Johnson Sakaja said that the company addressed the manifesto of the Kenya Kwanza Government by using the bottom up Economic module by saying that eventually Kenya will be the manufacturer and distributor of E-mobility products for the African market and beyond.
“I am glad to see young Kenyans working in this company. This shows the potential of our government that is creating safe space for our local and international investors ” City Governor Sakaja maintained.