Volkswagen Mobility Solutions Rwanda (VWMSR) has unveiled its second charging station for electric vehicles (EVs) in the capital of Kigali.
The Volkswagen brand introduced a fleet of four e-Golfs and one charging station in Kigali in October, 2019, as part of an e-mobility pilot project in partnership with Siemens.
This move made Rwanda the first African country to introduce a Volkswagen EV.
The fleet has since expanded to 20 e-Golfs, which are mainly used as shuttles through VWMSR’s mobility services.
The second charging station, located at the Kigali Convention Centre, forms part of this collaborative project.
It was unveiled in the presence of the Rwandan Minister of Environment Dr Jean d’Arc Mujawamariya.
Mujawamariya noted that sustainable mobility is a priority for Rwanda.
“With this in mind, Rwanda developed a new Environment and Climate Change Policy that calls for the transition to sustainable mobility.
“The progress made to date is very encouraging. I commend Volkswagen Mobility Solutions for the investment made to deliver this charging station, and encourage all businesses and the public to make the switch to electric mobility.”
VWMSR CEO Serge Kamuhinda said the new charging station was a stepping stone towards the company’s goal of environmentally sustainable mobility.
“This milestone is in line with the Volkswagen Group’s commitment to protecting the environment, with a focus on sustainable and responsible mobility for all its markets, including Africa.
“As Volkswagen Rwanda we are proud to be leading this charge in sub-Saharan Africa.”