By David Muchagoneyi
Harare – South Africa-based green-tech and electric vehicles manufacturer, Agilitee, plans to spread its wings across the SADC region as the first step in its quest to become a global heavyweight.
The company launched a range of its electric vehicles and motor cycles on May 28 in Sandton, just a few hours after becoming the first such African firm to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.
Following its launch in South Africa, the company will next set up shop in Zimbabwe, Rwanda, Ghana, Malawi, and Zambia among several other African countries.
Speaking at the glitzy launch ceremony, Agilitee Africa CEO Dr Mandla Lamba said, “We have made history as the first African company of this nature to list on the JSE. We have launched here in Johannesburg and after that we will be launching in Zimbabwe on the 18th of June. Before the end of the year, we want to establish ourselves in all the countries in Africa. Agilitee has also been approached in the United States, the United Kingdom, Canada and Pakistan.
“Agilitee is a movement and our aim is to conquer the world and make the world a better place by providing electric vehicles that are environmentally friendly.”
The Zambia and Zimbabwe mining industries are expected to benefit from the establishment of Agilitee’s manufacturing and assembly plants, given their abundant lithium and copper resources which are used in the production of components for the vehicles.
Dr Lamba said Agilitee would manufacture and assemble electric vehicles, establish battery swapping stations and solar charging facilities for local franchises and set up training facilities locally for skills transfer.
In Zimbabwe, Agilitee has already acquired local electric vehicles company, ZimTorque ahead of its launch on June 18.
The use of electric vehicles is gaining momentum worldwide in light of the fight against global warming through reduction of carbon emissions.