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Q&A: Climate leaders with answers
Praise Sakanwi: Chief Technology Officer & Co-founder at TREKK SCOOTERS, a Nigerian mobility startup.
Q: What inspired your green tech company? A: I first encountered electric scooters at university in France. In 2019, I partnered with friends to bring this practical mode of transport to Nigeria. We realised our universities were ideal for a pilot. They had roads, storage facilities and students that could be maintenance interns.
Q: How has the response been? A: Our presence in universities has been transformative. We've shown that EVs elevate institutions. We're operating in three universities, with plans for ten more. We've seen an average of 6.9 rides per scooter per day, compared to 1.8 to 2.8 in Europe.
Q: What challenges did you face? A: Funding and convincing stakeholders were major hurdles. We had to demonstrate the benefits to the universities and convince them to adopt our scooters.
Q: How do you view the role of the state in this sector? A: Both the government and private sector should be involved. Developing the necessary infrastructure is key, and there's a debate about whether this should be privatised.
Q: What is the future for Trekk Scooters? A: Our long-term goal is to expand across Africa, using our technology to define eco-friendly mobility.