Roam Partners with Hitachi to Electrify Transport in Africa

Electric vehicle developer, Roam has announced that it is collaborating with Hitachi Europe to rollout accessible electric transport in Africa.

This partnership will initially focus on electrification in Kenya and will aim to increase the number of electric buses and motorcycles throughout the country.

Albin Wilson, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Roam said:

“We are pleased to have a strong partner in Hitachi. We are innovating clean energy technologies to support our customers by purposefully collaborating with industry pioneers who share our mission to transform the way we move around our world.”

In particular, the companies will work to help more regions benefit from the Roam Rapid, which was launched last year as Kenya’s first electric mass transit bus.

Roam Hitachi
Roam Rapid was designed to offer a product for the growing number of cities implementing Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems across Africa

‍The working relationship between Roam and Hitachi was enabled by The Earthshot Prize, for which Roam was a finalist in the ‘clean our air’ category in 2022. As a Global Alliance Member, Hitachi is an ongoing supporter of this prize.

Chris Saul, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Hitachi Europe Ltd, and Earthshot Prize Finalist Advisor for Roam said:

“Transport accounts for around one-fifth of global emissions, which is why at Hitachi, we are working hard to develop solutions to decarbonise the sector from road to rail. Roam shares our vision of achieving a net-zero society and we are delighted to be providing support to help make electric vehicles more accessible and cost-efficient in Africa.”

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