Kenyan startup, Mazi Mobility, launches flagship electric motorcycle fleet backed by global Venture Builder Satgana
The uptake of electric mobility is expected to increase globally, and with it comes a myriad of opportunities. Acting on this, Mazi Mobility, seeks to pursue an equitable and cleaner future through innovation.
Nairobi-based Mazi Mobility, an Electric Vehicle (EV) Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) startup, launches today in response to the city’s highly fragmented public transport industry. Mazi is using motorcycles, locally known as ‘bodas’, to accelerate the transition to efficient, affordable and clean transport in the city. They have launched their flagship motorcycle, the Magnus 3000 (M3K) as a better alternative to petrol driven bodas. The startup is also introducing battery swapping stations that provide on-demand energy, reducing transportation costs by 50%. The MK3 offers a choice between a single and dual battery, capable of up to 70km and 140km of range, respectively. Mazi is taking a multi-stakeholder approach to drive the e-mobility sector forward. They are working with boda operators, technical institutions and manufacturers to ensure the successful implementation of their service.
“Mazi is not just an EV company, we are advocates for a sustainable mass mobility change ”, says Jesse Forrester, Co-Founder and CEO at Mazi Mobility. He further adds that, “at Mazi, we believe that Africans should be able to move efficiently, and affordably across cities at less than the price of personal vehicle ownership while reducing CO2 emissions. What industry is better to see this change than the boda one? Mazi is taking a long approach to mobility, we don’t want to just have the same status quo but with electric vehicles. At Mazi we move people, data and things. Twende Kazi na Mazi!”
Supporting Mazi on their journey is Satgana, a global Venture Builder on a mission to launch and fund responsible startups aligned with the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs). Over the past 4 months this collaboration has resulted in hands-on venture-building in an effort to help achieve SDG#8 (Decent work and Economic Growth), SDG#11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and SDG#13 (Climate Action).
Founder and CEO at Satgana, Romain Diaz, elaborated on the launch of their first portfolio venture saying, “The urgent need to decarbonize our economies places transportation at the cusp of a fundamental shift towards electric solutions, and mobility in Africa is ripe for disruption. As such, Satgana is beyond excited to be involved in the launch of Mazi and truly believes in the founding team’s ability to make it happen. Since day-1, we have been impressed by Jesse’s vision and execution capability. As a Venture Builder, we are humbled to be able to support Mazi in its mission to make urban transportation sustainable while empowering low-income drivers”.
Satgana aims to build and invest into startups alongside purpose-driven entrepreneurs, wherever they are, by using innovation-led and market-based approaches to solve the greatest social and environmental challenges of our time. And alongside Mazi, they hope to write a new chapter in the history of e-mobility in Africa. Mazi will be offering demo rides to the general public starting on the 17th of May.
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Mazi is a Kenyan Mobility as a Service (MaaS) company leveraging clean energy to re-imagine mobility by implementing electric motorbikes. Our mission is to serve e-mobility operators with reliable and affordable on-demand energy. In the long run, Mazi’s vision is to drive the transformation to smart, efficient, clean and shared transportation in the developing world.