Country: RwandaFocus: EnergyPartner: AmpersandStatus: Handed to PartnerYear: 2019


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Ampersand is an electric motorcycle startup looking to revolutionize motorcycle transportation in East Africa, starting with Kigali’s 30,000 motorcycle drivers. Ampersand’s battery swap model would allow drivers to almost triple their daily income by lowering maintenance costs and using electricity instead of gasoline while producing 75% less greenhouse emissions. 

 Our team supported Ampersand by (1) building a simulation tool that allows them to make decisions around resource allocation and operational costs in order to maximize a driver’s income; and (2) re-designing the cart used to charge and transport the batteries, therefore making the battery swap process more efficient. We took a driver-centric approach to ensure our solutions considered the driver’s current habits, needs and desires.

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