Mobility for Africa, a Zimbabwean mobility company, has acquired US$2 million in funding from Zimbabwean investment firm InfraCo Africa to deploy 400 electric vehicles in the country’s rural areas.
Mobility for Africa, which was launched in 2019, claims that its solutions would make it easier for individuals living in remote areas to see doctors and for goods to be moved to major Zimbabwean cities.
The solar-powered cars are known as “hambas” (which means “go forward” in the native Ndebele language) and are manufactured in Zimbabwe’s capital Harare.
“This collaboration will boost rural women’s position as key contributors to economic agricultural productivity, gender equality, and climate resilience,” said Shantha Bloemen, CEO of Mobility for Africa.
According to reports, the project will also include the production of 600 electric batteries and the installation of eight charging stations, all with the goal of creating a sustainable mobility system to encourage sustainable growth, particularly in areas of Zimbabwe that are not yet connected to the national electrical grid.