NewsWahu Mobility Advances Electric Mobility In Ghana

Wahu Mobility Advances Electric Mobility In Ghana

The cost of manufacturing EVs has gone down, making them more affordable for consumers.

Labi recently spoke at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute in April, highlighting that the average age of vehicles in Ghana is approximately 14 years old. She emphasized her company’s dual mission of addressing two critical challenges: designing vehicles tailored for African conditions and offering reliable transportation solutions.

Mobility, particularly e-mobility in countries with several cars already on the road, can help improve public transportation by supplementing their lack of a public transportation system with vehicles that private citizens can use. According to a recent scholarship from the World Bank, the cost of manufacturing EVs, mainly two- and three-wheeled EVs, has gone down enough to make them a significant portion of a country’s movement towards sustainable mobility. 

Wahu brings together talent from Ghana and experienced engineers and designers from global brands like BMW and Audi. Valerie Labi, the company’s CEO and co-founder, is a serial impact entrepreneur who holds degrees from the University of Southampton and the University of Cambridge. 

According to Wahu’s website, the company is committed to making sustainable transportation accessible to all, which is evident in its lease-to-own program called ride-to-own.

Once a rider makes their initial deposit, the bike is delivered within 2-3 business days as long as e-bikes are available. Registration for the bikes is completed via a mobile app, the Wahu Rider App. Maintenance on the bikes is not free, but the maintenance is subsidized, meaning riders will only pay part of the cost of repairs. 

Labi recently spoke at the University of Michigan’s William Davidson Institute in April, where she emphasized her company’s dual mission of addressing two critical challenges: designing vehicles tailored for African conditions and offering reliable transportation solutions.

In addition, as Labi discussed during her talk, Ghana needs the charging infrastructure for EVs, which Dr. Aruna Sivakumar, the director of the Urban Systems Lab, says is a problem in many developing countries. As Sivakumar writes for Energy Futures Lab, “Therefore, the transition to electrification of road transport must be accompanied by appropriate policies to ensure that accessibility (especially for the poor) is not compromised. Aggressive electrification without consideration of transport planning principles of equitable access will result in major setbacks for the low-income populations in these countries.”

According to Will Senyo, the CEO of Impact Hub Africa, the hope is that the investments into Wahu Mobility and other companies in the EV space will translate to more sustainable and inclusive transportation in Ghana. “As a centre for innovation and entrepreneurship, our Net Zero Accra project is dedicated to driving progress in the electric vehicle (EV) gig economy and developing a robust charging network for two-wheel transportation and last mile delivery in Ghana.” Senyo explained. 

“This project presents a remarkable opportunity to pioneer the exploration of ideas within the electric mobility sector and expand our reach to various practical applications. Collaboratively, we are working with regional institutions, businesses, academics, and administration on technical issues to foster more sustainable, accessible, inclusive, and efficient urban transportation in the country.”

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Source: Black Enterprise

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