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Dodai’s Inaugural Event Showcases E-Motorbikes for Ethiopian Market

Dodai, an Electric mobility startup, has held an inaugural event, unveing e-motorbikes developed set for Ethiopian market.

The launching ceremony on Monday was attended by Industry Minister Melaku Alebel and Japan’s Ambassador to Ethiopia Shibata Hironor.

Dodai presented its e-motorcycles models, which it says are developed to meet the requirements of Ethiopian commuters and enterprises.

Industry Minister Melaku welcomed Dodai’s e-mobility solutions that seek to address urban transportation issues such as congestion, pollution, and reliance on fossil fuels.

The Minister emphasized the need for sustainable transport solutions in promoting Ethiopia’s economic growth and environmental protection.

He said: “the government will always be on Dodai’s side, supporting the company’s goal and mission.”

In his speech, Ambassador Shibata also praised Dodai’s collaboration with Japanese enterprises for facilitating the transfer of technological skills and the development of sustainable transportation solutions.

This engagement will benefit both countries by promoting economic growth and boosting bilateral relations, the Japanese Ambassador said.

Dodai has expanded quickly after it registered in Ethiopia last August as foreign venture, raising over $6.2 million from Japanese investors.

Its inaugural event on Monday included interactive demonstrations, giving participants firsthand experience with Dodai e-motorcycles assembled in Addis Ababa.

Guests were also able to explore technologies including charging infrastructure, smart communication possibilities, and safety systems.

“Everyone said why Ethiopia,” said founder and CEO Yuma Sasaki, “and my answer for them is always why not Ethiopia”.

The company now plans to make its E-motorbikes assembled in Addis Ababa available in major regional cities of Ethiopia by the end of 2024.

In the long-run, CEO Yuma said: “Our mission is to make e-mobility accessible for everyone in Africa”.