Vaya Africa has launched an electric ride-hail taxi network in Zimbabwe. Founded by Zimbabwean mogul Strive Masiyiwa, the venture seeks to expand the service across the continent.
The company has acquired a fleet of Nissan Leaf EVs and also developed its own solar-powered charging stations.
The program set to go live in Zimbabwe this week is also seeking partnerships to begin on-demand electric taxi and delivery services in markets that could involve Nigeria, Zambia, South Africa and Kenya.
This initiative comes at a time the mobility market in Africa is on the rise and ride-hail services are planning on bringing the movement of people and goods to digital product models.
According to CEO Vaya Mobility, Dorothy Zimuto, the platform provides a number of benefits including cost savings of 40% on the fuel and maintenance costs. There is also reduced fares compared to Uber.
“We speak African. That’s the language we understand. We understand the people and what they want across our markets. That’s what makes the difference.” she said.