By Shadrack Nyakoe
eWAKA, Africa’s new market entrant spearheading sustainable mobility options, has today launched a green response to Africa’s expanding transportation requirements through the introduction of electric options including an electric ‘boda boda’.
The newly launched vehicle options include electric bodas, the backbone of Africa’s local delivery sector, and rideshare options including electric kick start scooters and bicycles available on demand.
Additionally, eWAKA’s will be offering clients robust IT capabilities to support transportation management efforts through an online and mobile-based app that enables real-time tracking of vehicles, performance metric monitoring and geofencing for remote immobilization if needed for security options.
Commenting on the official launch, Celeste Vogel, Chief Executive Officer said: “We are extremely pleased to have officially launched eWAKA as there is tremendous growth potential in providing Kenya and the region with increased access to electric vehicle options. eWAKA’s planned services will address frustrating and disruptive mobility experiences by offering a sustainable solution that will increase connectivity, improve efficiencies and offer safe environmentally-friendly transportation. For 2022, we are excited about signing new customer agreements, expanding our offering and securing a strategic investor to accelerate eWAKA’s growth plans that include setting up a local assembly facility.”
eWAKA’s offering consists of a comprehensive line of electric vehicles for multiple customer segments in different sectors from delivery companies, healthcare providers, hotels, and universities. eWAKA’s sustainable response to the specific transport and delivery challenges of ‘the last mile’ will enhance the financial and operational performance of transportation companies. These mobility options will also decrease pollution such as greenhouse gases, Co2 and noise while providing compelling affordability through low electricity prices as compared to fuel, off-grid solar power system solutions and overall low maintenance costs.
Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS) data shows rapid growth in Kenya’s annual registration for motorcycles and three-wheeler. According to the KNBS Economic Survey of 2021, there was a six per cent increase in the number of newly registered motorcycle units from 327,176 in 2019 to 346,729 in 2020. The current acquisition cost of motorcycles averages at KES 60,000.
eWAKA’s strategic development plans include establishing an African production facility to assemble components of the highest standards provided by international manufacturing partners.