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March 8, 2024
  • Roam secures US$14M in Series A equity funding led by Equator Africa, with notable contributions from At One Ventures, TES Ventures, and others, alongside an additional US$10M debt commitment from the US Government's International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).
  • This funding will enable Roam to expand its production of locally designed and manufactured electric motorcycles and buses, fueling its mission to revolutionize African transportation with innovative products specifically designed for consumers across the continent.

The Roam Air electric motorcycle operating on Kenyan roads

14th February 2024, Nairobi, Kenya Kenyan-based electric mobility pioneer, Roam, is accelerating its mission to revolutionise transportation in Africa after securing US$24 million in equity and debt. The Series A funding round was led by Equator Africa and includes investments from At One Ventures, TES Ventures, Renew Capital, The World We Want, and One Small Planet, among other prominent private and institutional investors. Additionally, through the International Development Finance Corporation (DFC), the U.S. Government committed to provide Roam with an up to US$10 million debt facility.


This landmark funding signifies a major step forward for Roam, which designs, develops, and deploys electric motorcycles and buses specifically built for millions of consumers across Africa. 


Roam has disrupted the electric motorcycle market in Kenya by providing greater flexibility and the option of battery ownership to its riders. This allows users to charge their batteries at a standard household outlet and significantly reduces their cost of operations whilst increasing the ability to travel longer distances. In addition, Roam is further increasing the utility of its motorcycles to riders through the deployment of Roam Hub stations - which are multi-purpose open-architecture electric motorcycle charging stations that offer a wide array of after-sales services including the option to rent additional batteries for a flexible period.  

Two of Roam's flagship products, the Roam Rapid mass transit electric bus and the Roam Air Electric motorcycle

Roam’s innovative vehicles, durable construction, and affordability make them a viable and sustainable alternative to traditional petrol-powered options.


"DFC is proud to support initiatives like Roam that align with our commitment to fostering innovation and sustainability” said James Polan, Vice President of the Office of Development Credit at DFC. “This significant transaction will support the expansion of Roam's electric mobility offerings and resonates with our goals for a cleaner future."


Nijhad Jamal, Partner at Equator, stated, "At Equator, we are committed to building a future with efficient, accessible, and sustainable mobility. Roam's innovative electric mobility platform is at the forefront of this transformation, and we are proud to provide catalytic funding that will enable Roam to build a cleaner, more equitable future for African cities."


The Roam Air electric motorcycle has a carrying capacity of 220kg

Rajal Upadhyaya, CFO of Roam, expressed gratitude for the investor support, saying, "As Africa embraces the move toward electric vehicle technology, we are proud of our impact on the environment and livelihoods across Kenya and the wider continent. This funding is a critical step for Roam to achieve our strategic objectives in scaling up and increasing utility to our customers."


The company prioritizes innovative design and local engineering to create products that positively impact the lives of East Africans. Roam's business segments include the Roam Air (electric motorcycle), Roam Rapid (electric mass transit bus), Roam Move (electric urban transit bus), as well as energy and public charging systems.


A boda boda rider on the roam air electric motorcycle waiting for a customer

Funds from this round will be invested in expanding local manufacturing capabilities in Kenya, scaling up production at the new 10,000 sqm Roam Park facility, investing in research and tooling for cost efficiencies, and streamlining local and global supply chain networks. These efforts align with Roam's long-term goal of transitioning the transport sector across Africa to effective and affordable electric vehicles, leveraging locally sourced parts and existing large-scale manufacturing infrastructure. To date, the company has managed to capture or mitigate over 120,000 tonnes of carbon emissions, marking a significant milestone in its commitment to innovative electric transport solutions.

About Equator

Equator is a venture capital firm with teams in Nairobi, Lagos, London, and Colorado that targets technology-enabled, early-stage ventures in energy, agriculture and mobility that are accelerating an equitable climate transition in Sub-Saharan Africa and supporting inclusive economic growth.

Partnered with British International Investment (BII), the Global Energy Alliance for People and Planet (GEAPP), UK charity Shell Foundation and impact investor DOEN Participaties, Equator is backed by a team of technologists, operators, and investors with decades of experience investing in and scaling early-stage ventures in climate-positive sectors and across Sub-Saharan Africa. For more details about Equator as well as its investment focus and portfolio, go here.

About Roam 

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 200 employees, Roam is today the leading provider of electric vehicles in Africa and was recently a finalist in Prince Williams, Earth Shot Prize.

Photos: Close of Funding Round & Roam Air’s Impact

Video: Close of Funding Round & Roam Air's Impact