Swedish-Kenyan Electric Vehicle (EV) maker Roam has opened a 100,00-square feet production facility in Nairobi, which will serve as the company’s East African headquarters.
The production, development, and battery lab is part of the EV maker’s expansion plans as it gears up to roll out massive commercial production of its electric motorcycle, Roam Air.
The new facility, located off Mombasa Road and overlooking the Nairobi National Park, has an annual production capacity of over 50,000 motorcycles.
“Moving ahead with this new production facility represents a significant step forward in bringing sustainable mobility solutions to Kenya,” said Brett Mangel, Roam’s chief operations officer, and a former Tesla employee, “With some of the brightest talent, key partners, and access to a good infrastructure and logistics network, Roam is confident that this new location is a step in the right direction.”
ROAM states the new facility allows it to combine the production, distribution, and storage operations of electric motorcycles under one roof, reducing its overall carbon footprint while simultaneously improving efficiency.
The company currently employs over 150 highly skilled individuals local to East Africa and growth is expected to continue through 2023 to meet EV demand.
Since setting up operations in 201, Roam has positioned itself as a key player in the Kenyan EV market. The company is already piloting electric buses for mass transportation within the capital.