Meet Valerie Larbi, The Woman Spearheading Ghana’s First Electrical Vehicle Assembly Plant

by Gee NY

In what experts are calling a groundbreaking move towards sustainable urban transportation, Wahu Mobility Limited has officially launched Ghana’s first electronic vehicle assembly plant.

Spearheading this historic initiative is Valerie Larbi, the co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Wahu Ghana.

The newly inaugurated plant has the capacity to produce approximately 200 e-bikes monthly, marking a significant milestone in the country’s long-term e-vehicle production agenda and efforts to combat climate change.

As a climate-smart innovation hub, Wahu is on a mission to revolutionize urban transportation with mobility solutions that reduce carbon concentration in the atmosphere.

This aligns with global trends emphasizing sustainability and eco-conscious living.

Valerie Larbi expressed Wahu’s focus on designing locally manufactured electric vehicles not only for Ghana but also for the broader African continent.

“We have started with the two-wheel electric bike and over time will scale up to other vehicles, right here from this factory in Accra. We have our factory set up with the capability to do 200 bikes per month for export not just in ECOWAS but across the continent,” she told Ghana’s Business and Financial Times.

Larbi highlighted the immense opportunity that electric vehicle manufacturing presents for Africa to leapfrog the rest of the world in terms of mobility, similar to the success of mobile money.

She also said it is crucial for policymakers to create e-zones and enclaves in urban centers to foster innovation, coupled with incentives and tax benefits to support this environment.

Job creation for young people is also a crucial aspect of Wahu’s mission.

“We put Ghana at the forefront of African e-mobility and sustainability. We expect Ghana’s success to become a blueprint for other African countries,” she said.

The Wahu bike, equipped with advanced features such as a dual-swappable battery, tracking device, battery management system, and smart lock controllable via a mobile app, offers sustainable and affordable urban mobility.

With a capacity to transport up to 150 kilograms and multiple riding modes, it is suitable for both personal transport and the growing delivery sector in Ghana.

Wahu’s mission is to lead the transition to sustainable mobility in Africa by designing locally manufactured electric vehicles, making them accessible and affordable, and supporting a network of drivers and riders contributing to a greener, more efficient urban transportation landscape.

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