1 million battery swaps milestone for Spiro’s two wheelers in Africa

Spiro, formerly known as MAUTO, announced that it has reached a major milestone in the development of its electric two-wheeler business in Africa.

The company has now reached 1 million battery swaps for its motorbikes across Africa.

Spiro, market leader in Africa for electric two-wheelers, is present in Benin, Togo, Uganda, and Rwanda. Launched in 2022, the company has more than 6,000 motorbikes on the road, and is growing rapidly.

In Uganda, Spiro recently signed a landmark agreement with the Ugandan government to replace boda-bodas with electric motorbikes. Boda-bodas are small, motorcycle taxis that are a popular mode of transportation in Uganda. However, they are also a major source of pollution. Spiro’s electric motorbikes are a cleaner and more sustainable alternative.

« We are excited to reach this major milestone. Spiro is really helping to make Africa a cleaner and healthier place to live », said Jules Samain, CEO of Spiro. « This is a testament to the hard work of our team and the growing demand for electric two-wheelers in Africa. We are committed to making Africa a leader in the global transition to clean energy ».

Spiro’s electric motorbikes are powered by swappable batteries. This means that riders can quickly and easily replace their batteries at so-called swapping stations. There is no need to wait for the bike to charge. Spiro’s electric bikes are more practical than gasoline-powered bikes or any other electric solutions that require fixed charging.

Spiro’s electric motorbikes are also more affordable than gasoline-powered motorbikes. The company offers a variety of financing options to make its motorbikes accessible to a wider range of riders.

Spiro is revolutionizing transportation and energy sectors in Africa. By providing electric bikes powered by swappable batteries available at numerous stations, Spiro transcends the role of a mere bike distributor to become an energy provider. This disruptive vision caters to both sustainable mobility and cleaner energy, positioning Spiro at the forefront of Africa’s green revolution. As Jules Samain asserts,« with Spiro, we’re not just changing the way people move, we’re transforming the way energy is supplied and consumed. We’re at the heart of a sustainable future where transportation meets clean energy, driving a greener Africa ».

Jules Samain is the new CEO of Spiro. After a career in the industry with Guarantco and developer Arise as supply chain manager between London and Nairobi, he joins Spiro with the aim of enabling it to scale up quickly with a focus on country industrialisation. Trained in the financial sector where he gained his first experience, he previously worked for BGFI and Ecobank in Cameroon.

Quotes from Jules Samain

« My goal is to transform the African city with an efficient energy transition model. Two-wheeled transport is a major axis of this transition to improve the health of populations. »

Spiro is a leading provider of electric two-wheelers in Africa. The company’s headquarters are in Benin and has operations in Togo, Uganda, and Rwanda. Spiro offers two models of electric motorbikes and is preparing new versions, always adapted to the African market. The company’s products are designed to be robust, safe, sustainable and affordable. Spiro is working hard to make Africa a top player in the world’s move to clean energy.


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