Last week, Ampersand, Africa’s first electric motorcycle company, secured a $3.5 million investment from the Ecosystem Integrity Fund (EIF). This is the largest ever e-mobility investment by a venture capital fund in Sub-Saharan Africa and could hint at a turning point in African electric transport. Based in Kigali, Rwanda, Ampersand assembles and finances electric motorcycles […]
My Life In Tech is putting human faces to some of the innovative startups, investments and policy formations driving the technology sector across Africa. Joanna Bichsel wanted to build something for women. So she launched Kasha, named after her second child, and possibly Africa’s first femtech e-commerce platform. Kasha is now present in Rwanda and Kenya […]
Rwanda began easing lockdowns at the beginning of May. By July, international airlines like Brussels Airlines are expected to resume flights to Kigali, Rwanda’s capital. In the time between these events, motorcyles will return to the streets of the East African city. However, it won’t be business as usual. According to an announcement by the […]
The Rwanda government is working on a national mobility policy that will replace petrol-powered motorbikes with e-motos. Although government support for electric vehicles is already known, this is the first time it will officially extend it to cover motorbikes.
With its ride sharing and ride hailing services, and plans to launch others–Move Kids for children commuting to and from school, and Move Drive, which will allow customers to rent cars for a period of time–VW seems to be banking on its mobility service, rather than its car sales, for profitability in the East African country.
With its current clean slate – no GM crop has been introduced into the country yet – the government must take a critical look at both sides of this passionate debate before deciding which side it will fare on.