The very first solar powered battery charging and battery swapping hub for rural mobility has been launched in Dunga beach, Kisumu County by the SUN-RUN partnership.
The partnership supported by P4G partnerships consists of E-Safiri, a Kenyan start up that specializes in renewable energy solutions, distributed micro-generation and temporary power solutions, a female led start up that is developing charging infrastructure. Glasgow Caledonian University a world class institution that delivers innovation through research in key areas of strength. Sustainable Transport Africa which aims at introducing sustainable transport in Africa. KIRI EV an electric vehicle and mobility start-up company which aims at introducing world-class innovation and standards in electric vehicles.
The launch held on 1st August 2023 at Dunga beach from was attended by stakeholders, partners and the community at large. In attendance was the Kisumu County CEC Trade Ms. Farida Salim, P4G partnerships representative, Paul Mbole, representative from GIZ, Jemimah Muli amongst others.
The project aims to provide affordable, reliable and sustainable transport solutions and other productive uses of renewable energy solutions such as cold storage within the fishing community. The project emphasizes inclusion of women in sustainable mobility as swapping operators, riders and overall beneficiaries of the electric mobility eco-system.