An Afternoon With A few of Kenya’s Electrical Mobility Startups

Final Sunday, I had the pleasure of spending a while with a number of the key gamers in Kenya’s nascent electrical mobility scene. Ecobodaa had invited a number of gamers within the electrical mobility business to take a look at their new era electrical motorbike, the Umeme 3000. We had such a stunning time on a splendid Sunday afternoon. I had superb discussions with representatives from the Affiliation for Electrical Mobility & Improvement in Africa (AEMDA), Kiri EV, Mazi mobility, and Jua Bike, and naturally Kim, CEO of Ecobodaa.

It was actually good to listen to straight from all of them and get updates on the progress up to now. There are in all probability between 10 and 15 firms wanting into the electrical motorbike sector in Nairobi. Most of them have been lively for about 3 years or so and have been operating in depth pilot packages. It appears fairly a lot of them are actually transferring from early stage pilots to small business roll-outs.

I’ve an infinite quantity of respect for all of the younger, passionate Kenyans constructing these electrical mobility centered firms. From listening to their tales first hand, I might inform that they’ve spent lots of time and achieved lots of work up to now, principally utilizing their private assets together with some participation in accelerators, in addition to some pre-seed and seed funding. Now they’re all working to get to the following stage. It’s by no means straightforward to start out and develop any firm, which is why all these firms want all of the help they’ll get to see them get to the following stage. Be it technical help, mentorship from seasoned consultants within the automotive and manufacturing business, or extra monetary help, all can be welcome.

I received the sensation that the mobility sector might be at an analogous stage to the place the C&I photo voltaic sector was on this a part of the world about 7 years in the past. The C&I photo voltaic sector as grown considerably since then and an increasing number of gamers maintain becoming a member of the sector. With effectively over 2 million ICE bikes in Kenya and tens of millions extra throughout East Africa, there definitely is a big addressable market. There may be lots of work to be achieved to appreciate this potential. The continual product improvement and enchancment, in addition to work on the enterprise mannequin innovation aspect, requires fairly an enormous chunk of cash. An important factor is that the muse is there now, and all these good, laborious working native groups have performed a key function in laying this basis. They’re now working laborious to take issues to the following stage. One thing particular is brewing in Nairobi’s e-mobility scene. They want as a lot help as they’ll get to appreciate this potential.



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