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GoGo Electric Uganda scoops Ashden Award for Powering Future in Clean Energy

Kampala, (UG):- GoGo Electric Uganda, formerly Bodawerk, has won the 2024 prestigious Ashden Award recognizing its remarkable strides in the sustainable energy sector.

This year, the awards aim to power up inclusive innovation, creating a fairer low-carbon world by tackling inequality and empowering communities on the frontline of the climate crisis through jobs, skills, and training.

The Ashden Awards celebrate organizations that demonstrate passion, potential, and commitment to sustainability. They are not focused on the size of the organization or its marketing prowess, but rather on its impact, dedication, and transformative potential.

This year’s theme emphasizes the importance of inclusive innovation and equitable growth in the fight against climate change.

Jonas Bisasso, Chief Operating Officer of GoGo Electric Uganda, expressed immense gratitude for this recognition. He highlighted the significant contributions of GoGo Electric Bikes, which have revolutionized transportation for many riders in Uganda.

“Our bikes not only offer an eco-friendly alternative to traditional motorcycles but also provide substantial economic savings for the riders. By reducing fuel costs and maintenance expenses, our electric bikes contribute to a more sustainable and affordable mode of transportation,” Bisasso remarked.

A key aspect of GoGo Electric Uganda’s success according to Mr Bissaso, is their comprehensive training programs.

“The company offers detailed training for its managers, equipping them with the skills needed to succeed in this fast-evolving sector. Moreover, while the drivers of the bikes are not GoGo staff, the company provides them with extensive training,” he says; adding that the training covers the technical features of the bikes they lease from GoGo and includes financial literacy, enabling the riders to take out and manage affordable loans to access the bikes. Claire Bakhita, the Projects and Development Manager emphasized the importance of these programs in empowering the riders economically and ensuring the sustainability of the initiative.

Since its inception, GoGo Electric has made a significant impact on Uganda’s transportation landscape. Many of GoGo’s electric bikes are now hitting the roads in the capital, Kampala, a city with over one million motorbikes.

The transition to electric vehicles is expected to be a major creator of green jobs in the years ahead. Currently, GoGo Electric operates 66 swap stations across the country, facilitating easy battery swaps for their electric bikes and ensuring minimal downtime for the riders.

Bisasso noted, “The switch to electric bikes is not just about reducing emissions; it’s about creating a sustainable future with economic opportunities for all. We are committed to leading this change and empowering our communities through innovative solutions.”

“As GoGo Electric Uganda we remain focused on our mission to deliver sustainable, inclusive solutions. Our success serves as an inspiration for other organizations, proving that passion, innovation, and commitment to sustainability can lead to profound and lasting impact.” Bisasso further noted.

GOGO was one of seven winners at the 2024 Ashden Awards, which took place at the Institution of Engineering and Technology in London on 27th June. Winners will receive a grant of up to £25,000 and publicity, including connection to funders, investors and climate sector leaders. 

Champions were chosen by panels of expert judges from around the world including academics, business leaders, investors and journalists. The Ashden Awards were launched in 2000 and honour innovators from the public, private and non-profit sectors. 

Ashden CEO Dr Ashok Sinha said: “This year’s Ashden Award winners are worthy champions. They’re tackling the biggest climate challenges, in ways that also create important benefits – like new green jobs and fairer societies. Their inclusive approach is key to their success. 

“The 2024 winners have come through a rigorous assessment process, which confirmed their immense impact – and their potential to do even more in the future. Passion, ambition: they’ve got it all. So now we urge investors, funders, policymakers and climate sector leaders to back and work with these trailblazers.”

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