KENYA: eWAKA partners with Powerbase to expand its e-mobility solutions

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KENYA: eWAKA partners with Powerbase to expand its e-mobility solutions ©eWaka

Kenyan technology start-up eWaka has signed a deal with financial and energy company Powerbase to optimise the manufacture and marketing of its electric mobility solutions.

Mobility start-up eWAKA is aiming to establish itself in the electric mobility market in Kenya, where it is active in the conversion of fuel-powered motorbikes into electric ones, as well as in the sale and hire of electric bicycles and batteries. A few days ago, the Nairobi-based start-up signed a partnership agreement with Powerbase.

Powerbase specialises in microfinance and consultancy for the development of renewable energies. Powerbase will provide its technical expertise to democratise access to financing and the acquisition of electric vehicles, which are reputed to be less polluting but more expensive (at the time of purchase) than combustion engines.

According to Céleste Vogel, the ultimate aim of this partnership is to pool efforts to gradually “revolutionise” the transport sector in East Africa in the face of peaks in atmospheric pollution caused largely by fossil fuels (petrol, diesel). “We will be able to offer our solutions to a wider audience, giving communities and businesses the means to adopt a cleaner, more sustainable future”, explains eWAKA’s CEO.

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The start-up is becoming increasingly popular with drivers in the Kenyan capital for its ‘Shujaa’ electric bicycles, which are equipped with two batteries with a total range of 120 kilometres and a front and rear luggage rack that can carry loads of up to 65 kilograms. The eWaka fleet, which provides a suitable solution for parcel delivery and home-to-work journeys, is also supported by development partners such as the Swiss State Secretariat for Economic Affairs (SECO).

Benoit-Ivan Wansi

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