Roam launches East Africa’s biggest electric motorcycle plant
Roam, a Kenyan-based electric motorcycle manufacturer, has announced the relocation of its operations to a new 10,000-square-meter facility.
Roam Park, the new facility, will serve as the company’s East African headquarters, production plant, and development/battery lab. The move comes as part of the company’s expansion efforts to scale up commercial mass production of the Roam Air, its electric motorcycle.
The new facility, located off Mombasa Road and overlooking the Nairobi National Park, has an annual production capacity of over 50,000 motorcycles.
The company aims to achieve this capacity in the coming years while staying carbon-neutral in the assembly process.
The new facility’s operations are being led by Brett Mangel, the Chief Operations Officer, who formerly worked at Tesla, where he was part of the team that scaled high-quality production for electric vehicles.
“Moving ahead with this new production facility represents a significant step forward in bringing sustainable mobility solutions to Kenya,” said Brett Mangel. “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’s engineers and technicians will use the facility to improve efficiency and safety in the assembly process while improving overall quality.
Roam’s new location will combine the production, distribution, and storage operations under one roof, creating a technology hub and reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint.
The company has over 150 highly skilled employees in design, engineering, and production to ensure electric motorcycles’ quality and affordability while building local capacity.
Japheth Ruttoh, the Head of Production at Roam, expressed his pride in the team’s work during this phase of expansion.
“It’s exciting to envision the improvements in production efficiency we will achieve and the new jobs that will be created as we continue to grow,” he said.