Launched in April 2022, the champion began with Benin and Togo before arriving in Rwanda with its motorbikes. A few months ago, it was in Uganda that the pan-African brand signed a major agreement to supply Kampala with 140,000 motorbikes over 5 years.
These figures make the head spin, "but they are nothing compared to what the brand is preparing for the coming weeks", confides a person close to the brand made in Africa. Soon, new countries in East Africa should follow to accelerate the energy transition from internal combustion two-wheelers to electric two-wheelers.
Ahead of these announcements of exponential growth, Spiro CEO Jules Samain is in Rwanda for a working visit starting tomorrow and lasting a few days with the company’s 130 employees.
"Spiro’s success in Kigali is possible thanks to our swapping stations", explains Jules Samain. There are currently 30 of them and soon 50.
These swapping stations are at the heart of the business, enabling Spiro users to change their batteries quickly. This innovative concept ensures that electric two-wheelers have sufficient range and an optimised user experience. In less than a minute, a user can change his battery and start again for 70 or 80 kilometres.
To speed up the transition from polluting internal combustion engines to electric vehicles, Spiro has launched an ambitious programme dedicated to taxi motorbikes.
Taxi drivers can benefit from a simple and easy exchange of their conventional motorbikes for electric motorbikes. These combustion bikes will then be recycled by the brand. "Our ambition is not to reduce pollution in African cities, but to eliminate it. Behind this there is a public health issue and a climate issue. It’s a daily battle, but we’re committed to making it a success", says the CEO.
Spiro is actively involved in the "Made in Africa" movement, promoting local production of electric vehicles. It is forging several strategic alliances, including a partnership with Ampace, a world leader in the supply of battery cells, and Horwin, a pioneer in electric mobility.
The aim of these partnerships is to localise the assembly of electric motorbikes, thereby meeting market demand while strengthening domestic production.
Although the supply of batteries is still linked to Asia today, "our ambition is for Spiro to become a major player in African electric batteries over the next few years", says Jules Samain.
"For us, Rwanda is also a formidable laboratory for innovation, with trained and qualified human resources, a challenging young population and an increasingly eco-friendly lifestyle", insists Jules Samain.
While we wait for Spiro to confirm its ambitions in Kigali with 3,000 motorbikes before the end of the year, the brand recently achieved a major milestone on a pan-African scale: since its launch, more than 2 million battery swaps have been carried out. The green revolution made in Africa is called Spiro, and it’s inspiring.