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Roam Secures $24m in Funding to Accelerate Electric Mobility Solutions in Africa

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.

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

Various Funders Backing Roam

“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.”

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.”

A Portfolio of Solutions to Electrify Africa

The company prioritises 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. Funds from this round will be invested in expanding local manufacturing capabilities in Kenya, scaling up production at the new 10,000sqm 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.

An inside look at the Roam Park facility

Group Director of Mobility at VUKA Group, Ben Pullen went to visit the Roam Park facility in Nairobi, Kenya the week before the new funding deal had been announced. Below gives you a look inside the electric vehicle factory which is quite obviously changing the game and accelerating electric vehicle adoption in East Africa.

 

Nairobi is one of the most exciting places in Africa for electric mobility, the ecosystem developing here is going to continue to attract and foster innovation and investments.

Ben Pullen, Group Director of Mobility at VUKA Group

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