TotalEnergies, Ampersand unveil electric motorcycle battery swapping stations


TotalEnergies in partnership with Ampersand, a Rwandan-based company have launched an electric motorcycle battery swapping and charging stations in Kenya.

This initiative is in line with TotalEnergies’ climate ambition of net zero emissions by 2050.

The firm has been on an energy transition journey in Kenya and 141 out of 226 service stations in their network are currently powered by solar.

With nearly 400 bikes on the road and 35,000 swaps per month, Ampersand is pioneering the switch to electric motorbikes which they believe will save on fuel and maintenance while doubling the boda boda drivers’ income.

Ampersand aims to offer a fit-for-purpose motorcycle, a reliable battery that costs less than fuel, and advanced swap technology.

This means the Kenyan motorcycle industry will enjoy affordable clean energy whereas every driver using the Ampersand electric bike reduces carbon emissions by more than 80 percent. Boda boda riders in Nairobi will be able to swap in TotalEnergies Hurlingham, Dagoretti, and Mountain View service stations.

The battery swap is done within minutes and the swap stations will enable drivers to exchange their depleted batteries for recharged ones in the different locations.

The charging stations will provide clean, affordable, and reliable energy powered by electricity which is in line with TotalEnergies’ mission. TotalEnergies and Ampersand are building a Kenya that is powered by clean energy that is accessible, safe, and affordable for all.


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