East Africas e-commerce platform Sokowatch has introduced electric tuk-tuks to its delivery fleet in Uganda, making the vehicles the first to be used commercially in East Africa.
The new tuk-tuks mark a company-wide push at Sokowatch in her efforts to build cleaner and more sustainable environments in its operating markets. According to the e-commerce platform, the tuk-tuks only take just 3 hours to charge overnight and last for approximately 2-3 days.
Also, the electric tuk-tuks deliver to an estimated 35 shops per day within 2 hours of orders being placed and can carry 500kg in goods for the retailers.
“In Kampala, air quality is 6x worse than global standards and as a company built around improving the livelihoods of local communities, we took the direct approach to address the issue. We launched in Kampala last year and when we arrived, we made a commitment to be a business that would add and not take away from our local communities and the launch of our electric tuk-tuks shows this wasn’t just lip-service” said Sokowatch’s Country Manager for Uganda, Peter Muzoora.
Built and assembled by Indian EV manufacturer Gayam Motor Works and a team led by Sokowatch’s head mechanic and engineer, Mary Nankinga, the new electric tuk-tuks are set to play a critical role in Sokowatch’s service, which employs tech-enabled solutions to improve supply chain inefficiencies for informal retailers.