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Meet Valerie Labi, leading the charge for sustainable urban mobility in Africa

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Valerie Labi, the Co-founder and CEO of Wahu Mobility, is at the forefront of Ghana’s electric vehicle (EV) movement. With the inauguration of Ghana’s first EV assembly plant, Wahu Mobility is paving the way for a sustainable transportation future in Africa.

The assembly plant, located in Accra, has the capacity to produce approximately 200 e-bikes per month, marking a significant step towards Ghana’s commitment to e-mobility production and climate change mitigation.

Labi’s vision for Wahu Mobility goes beyond just building electric vehicles; it’s about creating a more sustainable last-mile delivery option for urban areas. “By 2030, there will be 30 million delivery riders across Africa,” Labi stated in a recent interview with CNN. “As a continent, we are more conscious around becoming sustainable and moving to net zero. And transport was just a huge opportunity to make a difference in that way.”

Labi envisions Africa leading the way in e-mobility, much like it did with mobile money, and believes that designated e-zones and enclaves in urban centers are crucial for innovation in this sector.

Wahu Mobility’s commitment to sustainability extends beyond just manufacturing electric vehicles; it’s about creating a network of drivers and riders contributing to a greener and more efficient urban transportation landscape. Labi’s call to action includes urging the local government to reduce taxes on imported raw materials, making electric mobility more accessible to all.

Under Labi’s leadership, Wahu Mobility aims to revolutionize urban transportation in Africa, providing locally manufactured electric vehicles that are not only environmentally friendly but also affordable and accessible to all. With initiatives like the Ride-to-Own program and partnerships with investors like Blue Lion, Wahu Mobility is well-positioned to shape the future of sustainable urban mobility in Africa.

Insights into Valerie Labi’s Vision for Sustainable Urban Mobility in Africa

  • Visionary Leadership: Valerie Labi, CEO of Wahu Mobility, spearheads Ghana’s electric vehicle (EV) revolution, addressing the urgent need for sustainable last-mile delivery options in Africa.
  • Inaugural EV Plant: Wahu Mobility launched Ghana’s first EV assembly plant, boasting a monthly production capacity of 200 e-bikes, a significant stride towards sustainable mobility.
  • Eco-Conscious Mission: Labi’s commitment to environmental sustainability drives Wahu Mobility’s mission to transition Africa towards net-zero emissions, aligning with global efforts to combat climate change.
  • Partnership Potential: With aspirations to secure partnerships across Africa and beyond, Wahu Mobility aims to export its electric vehicles to Europe, Asia, and other international markets.
  • Local Manufacturing: Wahu Mobility champions locally manufactured electric vehicles, designed specifically for African conditions, fostering economic growth and job creation within the continent.
  • Youth Employment: Labi emphasizes the importance of job creation for young people, positioning Ghana as a leader in African e-mobility and sustainability.
  • Government Support: The Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) applauds Wahu Mobility’s initiative, pledging sustained collaboration to foster sustainable green investments in the nation.
  • Cutting-Edge Technology: Wahu Mobility’s electric bikes feature advanced attributes such as dual-swappable batteries, tracking devices, and smart locks, catering to personal transport and last-mile delivery needs.
  • Financial Backing: Supported by investments from Altree Capital and the German family office, Blue Lion, Wahu Mobility accelerates its production capacity, research and development efforts, and market expansion strategies.
  • Empowering Communities: Through its Ride-to-Own service and digital platform, Wahu Mobility empowers riders with income generation opportunities, access to crucial information, and ride safety measures, fostering resilience in local communities.


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