Ghanaian startup Kofa, known for its innovative battery network solutions, has joined forces with TAILG Group, a prominent Chinese electric vehicle brand, to introduce the Jidi electric motorcycle. This motorcycle features groundbreaking battery swap technology.
Kofa’s goal is to establish an affordable and user-focused electricity network powered by portable batteries and renewable energy. They’ve created the Kofa Swap & Go system, which is a network of batteries and swap stations. It allows people to quickly access fully charged batteries within seconds.
The collaboration with TAILG aims to deploy 200,000 electric vehicles and over 5,000 battery swap stations across Africa by 2030. The first orders for the Jidi battery swap electric motorcycle are expected to arrive in Ghana by the end of 2023.
Thanks to the advantages of Kofa’s batteries and battery swap networks, the Jidi will cut rider costs by up to 30 percent. The Jidi motorcycle is designed around Kofa’s removable battery, which can offer an “unlimited battery range” by being swapped at any Kofa Swap & Go station.
Kofa plans to expand its swap network in Ghana throughout the year, and by 2024, it’ll invest in and build swap infrastructure in several new countries.
Erik Nygard, CEO of Kofa Technologies, has expressed his excitement about this milestone. He acknowledged that the partnership is a significant step that will accelerate electric vehicle adoption across Africa and help reduce urban pollution. Motorcycles alone emit over 50 million tonnes of CO2 annually.
TAILG is the first major electric vehicle manufacturer to enter Africa with a ready solution for scaling, thanks to its partnership with Kofa and the battery swap & go solution.