Roam Launches Africa’s First Roam Hub: A Multi-Purpose Electric Motorcycle Charging Station.
Earlier today, Roam announced the launch of Africa’s first Roam Hub, a multi-purpose electric motorcycle fast charging station. Though it is still possible to charge the Roam Air (the company’s electric motorcycle) at home, the Roam Hub acts as an ecosystem solution for drivers providing them with public access to battery charging and battery rental services as they run their day-to-day operations.
Roam Hub charging stations are equipped with fast chargers capable of charging the Roam Air, in less than an hour. The stations are also powered partly by solar energy and are designed with an interoperability function that allows other electric vehicles from Roam’s partners to be serviced at these locations
Designed with the versatile needs of electric vehicle users in mind, the Roam Hub is specially tailored to meet the demands of boda-boda operators, who are the mainstay of the motorcycle taxi industry in Kenya. The stations are also equipped with spare parts and staffed with trained technicians who can provide maintenance and repair services as needed.
In addition to these after-sales services, the Roam Hub sites also serve as public access points for technology and software updates on the Roam Air making them one-stop-shops for the different needs riders may have. This launch meets one of the company’s core goals of offering a holistic and hassle-free riding experience to its customers. The Roam Hub charging stations are strategically located at the heart of busy urban areas namely: Total Energies Lusaka Road (the flagship location), Waiyaki Way, and Ngong Road.
The roll-out of this dedicated charging network for electric motorcycle riders is an important step in Roam’s vision towards decarbonising Kenya’s transport sector. “At Roam, we believe that simplifying the charging experience is essential to electric motorcycle adoption and customer satisfaction,” said Habib Lukaya, Energy & Charging Product Manager. “We are confident that this hassle-free charging experience is what will eventually turn the boda boda industry electric.”
“This is a landmark moment. The launch of the Roam Hub demonstrates our ability to advance our sustainability and electrification goals through a versatile set of charging solutions and technology offerings. With our industry-leading electrification ambitions, we can change the future of electric motorcycles in Kenya.” Romain Petiteau, Head of Energy & Charging.
One thing is clear, the rise of electric mobility in Kenya is gathering momentum at scale with the increased infrastructure and facilities available on the ground to serve the public transport sector across the board. Personally, I can’t wait to purchase and own an electric vehicle and as things stand the Roam Air looks like a great start for anyone who wants to experience the benefits of the electric mobility revolution in Kenya!