Nairobi, Kenya, Roam, a leading designer and developer of electric vehicles is working closely with Hitachi Europe Ltd. (Hitachi), a technology leader that enables sustainable mobility in cities, to make electric transport accessible in Africa. The collaboration will focus on electrification in Kenya and will be geared towards increasing the number of electric motorcycles and buses.
This working relationship was made possible by The Earthshot Prize, a global environmental prize to discover, accelerate and scale ground-breaking solutions to repair and regenerate the planet. It was founded by Prince William and The Royal Foundation in 2020. Roam was an Earthshot finalist in the ‘clean our air’ category in the second year of the awards in 2022. Hitachi is proud to support the prize as a Global Alliance Member.
“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”, said Chris Saul, Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Hitachi Europe Ltd, and Earthshot Prize Finalist Advisor for Roam. “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.”
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.”
About Hitachi, Ltd.
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 aims to support people's well-being and achieve a more sustainable future, together with its three growth drivers (digital, green and innovation) to further advance growth in the Social Innovation Business.
Roam is a technology company that develops, designs and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African continent, leading the transition to sustainable transport. Founded in 2017, it became the first company to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses. With nearly 150 employees, Roam is today the leading provider of electric vehicles in Africa and was recently listed on TIME magazine's top 100 most innovative companies.