A few months ago, Econet Global CEO Strive Masiyiwa announced that Vaya
would start using Electric Vehicles (EVs) and it seems those electric
vehicles are finally here.
Vaya tweeted out an announcement earlier yesterday:
We are excited to introduce #VAYA E-Vehicles as part of our agenda for the
adoption of #ecofriendly vehicles in #Zimbabwe. The service was launched
today in partnership with @stewardbank.
This makes the logistics company the first to have electric vehicles for use
in the transport sector which is a pretty cool feat. The vehicle in question
is a Nissan Leaf and it appears to be the 2011 model – car aficionados
correct me if I’m wrong.
The 2011 model had a 160KM range – which won’t be an issue if the car is
only in the CBD. It seats 5 passengers and has battery pack outputting 90
kilowatts of power. The top speed is capped at 144 KM/h in order to reserve
Back in May when Masiwa posted about the Electric Vehicle he mentioned the
following with regards to how these vehicles will be used: