Founded in Kigali – Rwanda, Ampersand builds affordable electric motorcycles (e-motos) and charging systems to help Rwanda and Africa leapfrog towards a zero-carbon future. Ampersand offers local motorcycle taxis drivers a cost-convenient, more profitable and cleaner alternative to petrol motorcycles.
“We’ve proven that we can put a motorbike on the road that’s better and cheaper, and just happens to be electric. Now we’re ready to grow. We’ve had 7000 Kigali motorbike taxi drivers get on our waiting list.”
Josh Whale, Ampersand, CEO
Ampersand’s model makes it cheaper to buy and operate an e-moto than a petrol motorcycle: instead of refilling their tanks, e-moto drivers can just swap the empty battery for a charged one at one of Ampersand’s battery charging stations. Reducing recharging times and costs, Ampersand’s vehicles deliver superior driving performance, emit 95% less carbon than petrol motorcycles with zero tailpipe emissions and put over $450 a year back into drivers’ pockets.
Next to the e-motos and the batteries, Ampersand is at the forefront of battery fleet management with its own Amper-Ops online and mobile platforms, which allow seamless management of battery packs, customisable insights into ROI, smart maintenance and repairs-alert system.
Ampersand locally designs and assembles electric motorcycles (e-motos) and batteries. Its lease-to-own financing provides access for typically very poor drivers. Drivers swap charged batteries (which Ampersand owns) at our network of battery charging stations in under 2 minutes, instead of buying petrol. This model makes it cheaper to buy and operate an e-moto than a petrol motorbike – increasing drivers’ incomes, reducing environmental and health impacts.
Ampersand’s motorcycles have driven over 2,500,000 km, that is more than the distance to the moon and back. Among its other achievements, Ampersand has increased driver’s income by 41% per day, reduced CO2 emissions by 250 tonnes, and raised $4 million for expansion.