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Uganda introduces East Africa’s first pure electric logistics tricycle

According to Gadgets-africa news, East African e-commerce company Sokowatch recently announced that it has partnered with China electric tricycle manufacturer ALA MOTORCYCLES to deliver a batch of commercial pure electric logistics vehicles to Uganda, making these vehicles the first in East Africa for commercial use. Of pure electric vehicles. These new tuk-tuk vehicles are an important measure for Uganda to use its advantages in power resources to seek a sustainable development strategy for clean energy.

There are more than 10 million convenience stores in African cities. They are called “Spaza Shops” in South Africa, “Dukas” in Tanzania, “Tuck Shops” in Zimbabwe, and “Kiosks” in Kenya. The value of goods sold exceeds 180 billion U.S. dollars and constitutes a key component of the national economy. Sokowatch, this B2B e-commerce start-up hopes to help these convenience stores improve their supply chain by improving efficiency and reducing inventory disruption, and reduce overall operating costs by solving the logistics problems of store operators in the market.

Sokowatch has been using gasoline-powered tuk-tuks and has operations in Kenya, Tanzania, Rwanda, and Uganda. These businesses have enabled them to obtain a large amount of merchant data. Using these historical procurement data, they can understand market trends and buying habits, and manufacturers can make Own marketing strategy. Sokowatch currently deploys 8 pure electric tuk-tuks in Uganda, and plans to deploy 8 in Rwanda, after which it will be extended to Kenya and Tanzania.

“We really believe that pure electric vehicles are the future of travel, especially in Africa, especially when powering commerce or retail across the continent. Preliminary analysis shows that we can save a lot of costs, and may even be more cost-effective than operating traditional vehicles. The cost of the team is saved by more than 50%. We can deploy hundreds of these vehicles in East Africa.” Sokowatch CEO Daniel Yu said.

The air quality in Kampala, Uganda once again illustrates the importance of accelerating the adoption of electric vehicles in the region, and Uganda is also one of the best places for electric vehicles on the African continent. Uganda has rapidly developed from an energy shortage to an enviable state of excess power generation. Uganda’s current installed capacity is 1252 megawatts (MW), while domestic demand is only 767 MW. 80% of this power generation comes from hydroelectric power stations. Uganda can save a lot of foreign exchange by replacing some gasoline and diesel imports with surplus electricity.

“In Kampala, the air quality is 6 times worse than the global standard. As a company dedicated to improving the lives of local communities, we have taken a direct approach to solve this problem. Every day, we witness carbon emissions and noise pollution. The impact on this city is why this project is so important and why we are proud to be a company that leads positive change.” Sokowatch Uganda Regional Manager Peter Muzoora said.

This pure electric tuk-tuk SmartAuto is produced by Indian electric tricycle manufacturer GMW. It is India’s first electric tricycle powered by lithium-ion batteries. It is very suitable for driving on narrow and rugged roads. SmartAuto can be fully charged in 3 hours, has a cruising range of 100 kilometers, a top speed of 50 kilometers per hour, a climbing ability of 20°, and a payload of 600 kg. Many e-commerce professional companies such as Amazon, IKEA, Flipkart, BigBasket, Grofers, Wal-Mart and other logistics companies in India have already put this vehicle in practical use.

The last mile is one of the fastest growing businesses in the transportation and logistics industry, but this last mile is also the most challenging, possibly accounting for 25-30% of total transportation costs. In this market segment, small and light commercial electric vehicles clearly have an opportunity, because most last-mile deliveries are now done using diesel LCVs. Currently, start-ups such as Bodawerk in Uganda, Ampersand in Rwanda and Ecobodaa in Kenya have introduced electric two-wheelers in East Africa. The tuk-tuk is very popular in East Africa, and the electric potential of logistics vehicles is huge in the future.

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