Launch of an electric cargo bike pilot project in Ghana

Impact Hub Accra and Siemens Stiftung have just launched the Electric Cargo Bikes “Made in Ghana” project. The first two workshops in Accra and Tamale will start operations in March and will use a business model focused on small entrepreneurs in the delivery sector.

With this project funded by the International Climate Initiative, Impact Hub Accra and Siemens Stiftung aim to build a sustainable and local value chain for the production, operation and maintenance of electric cargo bikes in collaboration with local and national actors.

The project is primarily based in Ghana’s capital, Accra, and its fourth largest city, Tamale, where 50 electric cargo bikes are being trialled. Some of them are made locally from recycled materials. The project team simultaneously follows business models of social entrepreneurship and develops a financing system that aims to make electric cargo bikes available to socio-economically disadvantaged sections of the population.

Dr. Nina Smidt, CEO and Board Spokesperson of Siemens Stiftung, explains: “The project is based on a social entrepreneurship business model that makes clean mobility accessible to low-income communities. Because it is designed as a financially viable structure, it has the potential to create a long-term positive impact on Ghanaian society, including job creation, especially for women, who will have gained equal access to all available training positions.

The first workshops will start with the assembly of electric cargo bikes and the technical tests of different types of bikes in the specific conditions of the operational area. To power the micromobility delivery vehicles, a network of five photovoltaic charging stations will be installed. This should begin to establish charging infrastructure in operating regions.

“As implementing partners in Ghana, we seek to pave the way for more electric mobility solutions with this project. Our approach is to test and build sustainable business models and create an advocacy platform with other stakeholders to consistently promote climate-friendly solutions in the region,” said Will Senyo, Managing Director of Impact Hub Accra.

The International Climate Initiative is also funded by the German Federal Government through the Ministry of the Environment.

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