Roam and Hitachi Europe Partner to Drive Up E-Vehicle Adoption in Kenya

Roam rapid hitachi europe partnership

Roam, a Swedish-Kenyan electric mobility company, is partnering with Hitachi Europe to make electric transport more accessible in Africa. Roam started in 2017 and became the first to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses.

Hitachi is a Japanese multinational headquartered in Chiyoda, Tokyo, Japan. Hitachi conducts business ranging from IT, including AI, the Internet of Things, and big data, to infrastructure. The company’s expertise in electric vehicles and fleet electrification will help Roam develop affordable, electric transportation solutions in Africa.

Roam and Hitachi Europe Partner to Drive EV Adoption in Kenya

The partnership is possible through The Earthshot Prize. This is a global environmental prize founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2020. Roam was a finalist in the ‘clean our air’ category of the prize in 2022. Hitachi supports the prize as a Global Alliance Member.

Interestingly, Roam was recently listed in TIME magazine’s top 100 most innovative companies. Last year, they launched the first electric mass transit bus operation in Kenya. They did this in partnership with Kenya Mpya, plying the Thika Road route. These buses are available at the Bus Station terminus.

Roam rapid hitachi europe partnership

Roam also operates from the Central Business District (CBD) to Limuru via Waiyaki Way. The departure time from Koja in Nairobi CBD, to Limuru is 7.00 am, while from Limuru to CBD is 8.15 am. The bus picks up and drops passengers at all stages along the stretch.

Albin Wilson, Chief Strategy and Product Officer at Roam, expressed pleasure at having a strong partner in Hitachi. Further, he notes that Roam is committed to collaborating with industry pioneers to transform the way people move around.

Hopefully, this new partnership between Roam and Hitachi means more routes, electric vehicle offerings, and sustainable growth for transport infrastructure in Kenya.

The future is electric, and it is here!

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