Roam,the technology company that develops, designs and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African continent has unveiled a new production facility in Nairobi that is more than 10,000 square meters in size.
The facility is aimed at housing the company’s East African headquarters, electric motorcycle production lines as well as development/battery labs.
“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.”
The new facility will allow for an expanded production and have an annual capacity of 50,000 motorcycles while staying a carbon-neutral assembly, which are the goals in the coming years.
The investment in a new facility is part of the company’s effort to scale up commercial mass production of the Roam Air as well as improve efficiency. This new location will enable Roam’s engineers and technicians to increase capacity throughout the assembly process and improve overall safety and quality.
The new premises will also combine the production, distribution, and storage operations under one roof, creating a technology hub and reducing the company’s overall carbon footprint. Currently, Roam has more than 150 highly skilled employees, within design, engineering and production to ensure that the electric motorcycles retain quality and affordability while building local capacity.
The company’s growth is expected to continue in 2023 as the company continues to expand in East Africa to meet demand. Roam’s new production facility operations are being led by Brett Mangel, Chief Operations Officer, who formerly worked at Tesla, where he was part of the team successfully scaling high-quality production for electric vehicles
“I am very proud of the team for the work they’re doing 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,” explains Japheth Ruttoh, Head of Production at Roam.