Strive Masiyiwa, the man behind the creation of Econet Wireless, is on an ambitious plan to bring over 100 electric vehicles to Africa. These vehicles are for the Vaya transport service. Vaya transport service operates in Zimbabwe and is part of the diversified portfolio of services that Econet Wireless Zimbabwe offers.
The plan to import over 100 electric vehicles will cover a radius of 3 km from the central business district of Harare, which is the capital of Zimbabwe, and also the largest city in the country.
Announcing the plan on Facebook, Strive Masiyiwa said, "If you want to succeed as an entrepreneur, identify a human need, and reach out to solve it in a sustainable way”!
Zimbabwe has an acute problem of fuel [petrol for cars]:
Our team has created a Vaya transport service which uses a Three Wheeler Electric vehicle:
It will have a 3km radius around the CBD.
We are currently waiting for the delivery of the first 100 electric vehicles. They will be recharged at solar powered charging stations, by Vaya’s sister company, dpa Africa.
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Vaya is an exciting type of a ride-sharing app that lets choose the type of vehicle you want to transport you. More of an Uber model. Individuals to offer their cars to ferry people, goods and other things for payment using an app. Currently, it is a ride-hailing service that moves you from point A to point B, but future plans include parcel delivery and logistics services. There are also current plans to develop a waste collection franchise under Vaya. The waste collection will be done in Harare.
The future of automobiles is slowly gravitating towards the use of electric cars. Vaya service now has more than 20, 000 vehicles.
Vaya is becoming a source of livelihood for many people, and also providing safe and reliable transport for some Zimbabweans (who can at least pay the relatively high transport fares).
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