Ampersand Rwanda: “The Electric Age Is Here For Everyone”

Ampersand Rwanda: "The Electric Age Is Here For Everyone"

Ampersand, an electric motorbike company, targets half a decade to flood Rwanda with electric motorbikes. The company’s CEO, Josh Whale, said:

“We hope we can show that the electric age is here – for everyone – and clean mobility isn’t something that’s just going to trickle down to the global south in a second-hand manner, decades from now. Rather that it’s cost-effective, fundable, investable – now,”

Currently, there are about 25,000 non-electric motorbikes in Kigali. According to the Ampersand CEO, they “make up more than half of all vehicles in this part of the world”. He also said:

“Their simple engines lack the sort of costly emissions reduction tech that you see in modern cars, or in motorbikes in the global north. Meanwhile they are being run for over 100km per day, so that’s a lot of pollution, a lot of carbon [dioxide].

“In Rwanda, drivers spend more in a year on petrol than the cost of a new motorbike. We’ve shown that we can offer an alternative in the same style as their current motorbike [that] costs less to buy, less to power and less to maintain,”

The company is adding value to the economy and playing a huge role in creating a better and healthier future considering the amount of toxic emissions from motorbikes using fuel.

Ampersand boasts of talented employees – over 70 of them. It builds the batteries and assembles 150 parts of the motorbike including setting up electric charging stations.

Although, the main manufacturing of the parts takes place outside the shores of Africa.

By Elijah Christopher

Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.
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