ChargeUp! will test the commercial viability of a Battery as a Service (BaaS) model by establishing a network of charging stations in Nairobi, Kenya, which will charge a flat battery swap fee for electric two- and three-wheelers.
P4G has provided the partnership with US $295,132 in catalytic grant funding.
In this partnership, electric bike drivers can conveniently swap out their batteries quickly and affordably, reducing operational costs and concerns about the battery not lasting long enough to complete their activities. By creating long-term green jobs for charging station mechanics and electric vehicle (EV) drivers, this model will enable a system of inclusive electric mobility. Expanded battery swapping infrastructure can also enable more businesses and start-ups to join the e-mobility transition.
This partnership’s focus on battery swapping will complement P4G’s e-mobility portfolio in Kenya and help achieve the government’s objectives for an electric vehicle strategy that meets Kenya’s emission reduction targets of 30% by 2030. The partnership will help reduce air pollution, providing long-term health benefits to Nairobi residents.
During the partnership funding period, ChargeUp! plans to establish a network of 45 operational charging stations in Nairobi and complete a baseline assessment for the commercial viability of a BaaS model. Ultimately, the partnership aims to develop an openly accessible and replicable master plan for e-bike adoption by cities across Africa.