20th July 2024

The transition to electrical mobility is now nicely underway in plenty of nations around the globe. There was vital progress within the electrical bus, electrical automobile, electrical scooter & motorbike, and electrical bicycle sectors over the previous decade. There may be additionally now some vital traction in varied areas on the African continent. To assist speed up the shift to extra accessible and sustainable transport choices, native growth and meeting and in the end manufacturing of those extra sustainable autos shall be essential. Enough funding should even be channelled in the direction of analysis and growth of domestically appropriate, scalable, and sustainable options — as nicely in the direction of the related technical help.

Siemens Stiftung and Affect Hub Accra are serving to to catalyse this in Ghana. Collectively they’re implementing the e-cargo bikes “Made in Ghana” venture co-funded by the German authorities’s Worldwide Local weather Initiative (IKI). The venture goals to assist facilitate the decarbonization of transportation in Ghana by testing enterprise fashions, constructing acceptable charging infrastructure to determine an electrical mobility platform, and bringing related stakeholders to drive e-mobility options within the area.

Affect Hub Accra is a social entrepreneurship and innovation centre in Ghana. The Affect Hub’s mission is to help inclusive progress in West Africa by way of the creation of a resilient and dynamic social innovation ecosystem. “Sustainable mobility and transport are very important to reaching Sustainable Improvement Objective (SDG) 11 on sustainable cities and communities. It additionally promotes the implementation of different SDGs, corresponding to entry to training or well being, as mobility is among the elementary situations for sustainable, financial, and societal growth in a rustic. I’m extraordinarily completely satisfied to be in Accra at present to fulfill the stakeholders main the cost for the decarbonization of the Ghanaian financial system together with bridging the hole from public transit to the vacation spot by offering final mile connectivity,” explains Dr. Nina Smidt.

Dr. Smidt additionally joined enterprise Wahu’s foundress, Valerie Labi, and business lead Victor Bannerman-Chedid on the launch of 60 new electrical cargo bikes. Wahu is producing electrical autos tailored for and manufactured in Africa in addition to consulting with Affect Hub Accra in piloting the native manufacturing of e-cargo bikes. With the addition of the brand new fleet to present transport methods, the social enterprise is furthering to the net-zero initiative together with constructing native capabilities to provide electrical autos.

“As a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship, our Internet Zero Accra venture is devoted to driving progress within the electrical automobile (EV) gig financial system and creating a strong charging community for two-wheel transportation and final mile supply in Ghana. This venture presents a exceptional alternative to pioneer the exploration of concepts throughout the electrical mobility sector and broaden our attain to varied sensible functions. Collaboratively, we’re working with regional establishments, companies, teachers, and administration on technical points to foster extra sustainable, accessible, inclusive, and environment friendly city transportation within the nation,” provides Will Senyo, CEO of Affect Hub Accra.

As part of their ongoing initiatives, a Design Dash workshop with college students, graduates, and e-mobility fans was organized to generate new concepts. Eight winners of this system have joined the Affect Hub Accra group for 12 months to develop their abilities and capabilities and to organize themselves to take the subsequent step in engaged on sensible and implementable electrical mobility options.

On the analysis and growth entrance (R&D), Siemens Stiftung has launched a brand new name for analysis and growth (R&D) to validate and implement merchandise and enterprise fashions within the e-mobility sector. The decision is open for enterprises operative within the e-mobility worth chain in Ghana and Uganda. The chosen enterprises will conduct R&D initiatives for 12 months to enhance the market readiness of their options and enhance the social and ecological affect of e-mobility.

Market Hole

Improvement of a market–examined answer (product, service, enterprise mannequin) from the battery, charging/swapping station, or automobile and know-how worth chain (or associated worth chains related to the e-mobility sector) that’s filling a niche within the e-mobility sector.

Social & Ecological Affect

Design of a product, service, or enterprise mannequin from the battery, charging/swapping or automobile and know-how worth chain (or associated worth chains related to the e-mobility sector) to extend the social and ecological affect.

Ecosystem Providers: Improvement and piloting of related “help constructions” (e.g., hubs, labs, recycling and, financing) which might be important for the scaling and uptake of e-mobility options. The minimal eligibility standards for enterprises embrace:

  • Registered and operative in Ghana or Uganda
  • Market expertise in Ghana or Uganda
  • A market-tested prototype which attracted first customers and purchasers
  • Exhibit the social and/or ecological affect
  • Operative within the battery, charging/swapping or electrical automobile and know-how worth chain
  • No pending litigations in opposition to the enterprise or its administration group

A majority of these initiatives are nice, however it’s at all times good to see them having actual long-lasting affect. It’s nice to see that the programmes have a key give attention to scalable, replicable initiatives that would make them sustainable and never simply once-off initiatives.

Seeing Wahu, previously generally known as MANA Mobility, launch 60 bikes is basically encouraging. Because it grows its footprint and scales its manufacturing together with all the opposite gamers which might be lively on this sector, it will assist catalyse the expansion of different gamers within the related downstream industries lifting up the entire ecosystem and creating the a lot wanted employment alternatives. I’m trying ahead to following the developments round this “Made In Ghana” e-cargo bike programme and related initiatives across the continent.


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