Electric tricycles from Mobility for Africa receive $2m from Infraco

In Zimbabwe, InfraCo Africa, an investment business of the Private Infrastructure Development Group (PIDG), has inked a US$2 million (Z$723.8 billion) contract with the start-up Mobility for Africa to deploy 400 electric cars in rural regions. The cars, known as "hambas" (go ahead, in the local Ndebele language), are solar-powered and built in Harare.

 
The deal also calls for the production of 600 electric batteries as well as the installation of eight charging stations. It aspires to create a sustainable transportation infrastructure to promote long-term development, particularly in places not yet covered by Zimbabwe's national energy grid. 
 
"This collaboration will strengthen rural women's roles as major contributors to economic agricultural production, gender equality, and climate resilience as stipulated in the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs)," said Shantha Bloemen, CEO of Mobility for Africa.
 
The start-up, which was created in 2019, will use its solutions to make it easier for physicians to see patients who live far from medical facilities and for items to be delivered to key Zimbabwean cities including Bulawayo, Chitungwiza, Mutare, and Harare.
 
Zimbabwe's market for electric vehicles has been developing since the beginning of 2022. To support the growth of the green economy in the nation of East Africa, the European Union (EU) recently bought 88 electric tricycles for women farmers in Domboshava, which is located 27 kilometres from Harare.
 
Zuva, an energy solutions provider, inked a deal with Electric Vehicle Center Africa (EVCA) in May 2022 to develop a network of charging stations for electric vehicles in Zimbabwe's capital. The deal calls for the installation of an electric car prototype charger in Harare, as well as charging stations at Zuva service stations along the country's motorways.

Posted on : 29 Jan,2023 | News Source : adqz.co

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