Motorcycles are parked at an e-charging station in a parking lot (Rwanda)

Rwanda Strengthening prospects for climate-friendly transport and green jobs through e-mobility

Sub-Saharan Africa
Environment & Climate Education & Training

E-mobility (electric mobility) is a growth market with enormous value creation potential for companies in developing countries and emerging economies. However, the example of Rwanda shows that the shortage of skilled workers is hampering the growth of climate-friendly mobility. As part of the develoPPP programme funded by the German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), Safi Universal Link Ltd. (S.U.L E-Mobility) is training young people in occupations that are important for the expansion of e-mobility in Rwanda. This enables the company to draw on a larger pool of qualified employees and strengthen its position in the market. At the same time, it opens up a wide range of job opportunities for graduates of the training in an industry with a promising future. The project was implemented together with the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH.

Rwanda's growing population is increasingly being drawn to the cities. Among other things, this increases traffic in urban areas. Often, this takes the form of petrol-driven motorcycles. Air pollution and other environmental pollution are the result. At the same time, the rural population has hardly any access to low-threshold transport options for travel to the cities or longer distances. This is where S.U.L E-Mobility comes in: Since 2017, the local company has been offering a comprehensive e-mobility value chain, ranging from the manufacture of electric vehicles to assembly, maintenance and repair, through leasing solutions to the charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. E-mobility and motorcycle sharing have enormous market potential in Rwanda, but there is a lack of qualified technical and service professionals in this market segment. Women in particular are severely underrepresented in this sector. To grow its rental and service networks and expand its market position in the e-mobility segment, S.U.L E-Mobility has established an E-Mobility Academy at the core if its business model. The aim is to give Rwandan youth interested in this industry the opportunity to develop into the e-mobility specialists so urgently needed.

In order to ensure that more skilled workers are available for the expansion of the e-mobility industry, the project partners implemented a series of measures between April 2020 and November 2021. The total budget was around EUR 400,000:

  • Establishing an in-house training department and free training services covering all the occupational groups along the entire value chain for e-mobility.
  • Development of training courses on business fundamentals for potential franchisees and founders of start-ups in the field of e-mobility.
  • Providing trained trainers for young people with and without vocational qualifications, especially young women.
  • Driving lessons for e-motorcycles.
  • Employing young skilled workers in the workshops and service stations of the sharing network.

Together with the University of Rwanda and vocational schools, S.U.L E-Mobility has developed a hands-on skills acquisition and internship program, under S.U.L E-Mobility Academy, for young university or vocational school graduates. In addition, the Rwandan Workforce Development Agency (WDA) and the Kigali Employment Service Centre (KESC) participated in developing the training services, identified suitable training participants and assisted them in their job search. GIZ consulted with local experts and established contact with local donors.

We are seeing steady growth in job creation and job placement due to the demand for new e-mobility solutions across the entire eco-system. Our aim is to create the next generation of e-mobility experts and enthusiasts, which will guarantee economic growth for Rwandans and our fellow Africans across the continent as more e-mobility stakeholders emerge.
Tony B. Adesina, CEO, S.U.L E-Mobility
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Trainees receive instructions at a charging infrastructure for electric vehicles. Photo: © S.U.L E-Mobility
Three people gather around a disassembled electric vehicle
The examination of a disassembled electric motorcycle provides interesting insights into the structure of the vehicle. Photo: © S.U.L E-Mobility

S.U.L E-Mobility has succeeded in building up a large pool of qualified skilled workers that benefits not only the company, but also the industry and the national labour market as a whole. Through targeted training and driver safety courses, the company has strengthened its position in the future e-mobility market, and contributed to making motorcycle taxis in Rwanda safer and more climate-friendly.

  • 1,045 jobs created
  • 1,462 people trained
  • 21 trainers were trained
  • 32% of the trained technicians were women


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Training of skilled workers in various areas of e-mobility


Creating job prospects for over 1,000 people


Strengthening and expanding low-emission mobility solutions



Increasing the number of qualified employees and technical experts in the company

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Strengthened cooperation with universities and vocational schools

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Enhanced partnerships with the Government of Rwanda, NGOs and other global development agencies

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develoPPP Classic

develoPPP Classic is aimed at medium-sized and large companies that want to invest sustainably in a developing or emerging country and expand their operational activities locally. Suitable projects receive technical and financial support of up to two million euros in public funding.

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S.U.L E-Mobility

S.U.L E-Mobility is an e-mobility solutions provider offering a complete value chain for green transport and logistics solutions in Africa, starting with Rwanda.

Its value chain ranges from the manufacture, assembly, maintenance and repair of electric vehicles, leasing solutions, leasing management software, on-demand ride-hailing, e-commerce and last mile logistics, capacity building, and electric vehicle charging infrastructure.

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Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ is a federal enterprise operating in international cooperation for sustainable development and education work for over 50 years. GIZ supports economic development and employment and works with companies to develop strategies for sustainable business development.

[Translate to EN:] Tony B. Adesina
Tony B. Adesina CEO S.U.L E-Mobility
Stefan Mueller-Christmann
Stefan Mueller-Christmann Project Manager develoPPP Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH