Catherine Ama Wilson and Belinda Akaba are taking Ghana’s automobile industry by storm. Their start up, Solartaxi Ghana seeks to promote the use of electric vehicles across the country. The automobile manufacturing industry has for years been dominated by men but this team of young female engineers is poised to change the narrative.
Solartaxi Ghana, a green energy automobile start-up in the country has created the platform for a team of young female engineers to support the mission of finding greener solutions in the automobile industry.
‘I am the type of person who is always on the move to do something new. After hearing that we have a company making electric vehicles, I said, why not come here and try my talent to see whether I can build myself in other areas”, said Mary Kudaya, a mechanical engineer at Solartaxi Ghana in an interview monitored by Ghana Talks Business.
”Moving forward, I also want to stand on my own, have my firm that I will employ a lot of ladies into the engineering field”, said Belinda Akaba, an electrical engineer.
- Solartaxi Ghana launched the Cherry Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUVs last year with the following specifications
- 53.6 kWh battery good for a range of about 401 km (NEDC)
- 95 kW motor producing 280 Nm of torque
- Top speed of 151 km/h
- Dimensions of the Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUV are 4200 mm long, 1760 mm wide, and 1570 mm high.
- The wheelbase of the Tiggo 3xe 480 EV SUV is 2555 mm, and it has a ground clearance of 150 mm.
Besides electric cars, the company produces other products such as solar-electric bikes, tricycles, and charging stations. Safe to say, these women are not only changing the views of gender equality in Ghana but also changing the game within the automobile industry.