Ghanaian Startup Kofa Unveils Next-Gen Kore2 Swap & Go Network

Ghanaian Startup Kofa Unveils Next-Gen Kore2 Swap & Go Network

By Staff Writer, 07 February 2024

Kofa, a Ghanaian e-bike startup pioneering Africa’s first multi-use, swappable battery network, has announced plans to launch its second-generation Kore 2 Swap & Go network.

This initiative aims to revolutionize urban energy access in West Africa by offering affordable and customer-centric electricity solutions powered by portable batteries and renewable energy.

The Kofa Swap & Go system operates through a distributed network of batteries and swap stations, providing immediate access to fully-charged batteries in a matter of seconds.

Backed by prominent supporters including Shell Foundation, the UK’s FCDO, Wangara Green Ventures, and Mercy Corps Ventures, Kofa initially launched Ghana’s first connected battery swap network, centered around its Kore1 battery, in early 2023.

The development of the Kore2 network marks a significant advancement for Kofa. Leveraging proprietary IoT technology with full Edge AI capability, this cutting-edge system is poised to transform the urban energy landscape in West Africa.

It functions as a complementary support system to the existing electricity grid, enhancing accessibility and reliability.

Thanks to Kofa’s upgraded IoT platform, the Kore2 network boasts fully autonomous battery swapping capabilities, even in areas with limited or no internet connectivity.

The AI-powered network not only enables a high degree of automation but also features auto-repairing functionalities, leading to substantial cost savings for customers.

The Kore2 battery offers versatile applications and delivers high-performance power at a competitive cost, at least 30 percent more affordable than traditional petrol-based alternatives.

For instance, it can sustain the essential operations of a small urban store—including refrigeration, lighting, and fans—for up to 15 hours.

Moreover, the Kore2 supports power-intensive tools like drills, embossers, and power saws for 2 to 4 hours.

In addition to its versatility, the Kore2 battery is set to power the TAILG Jidi electric motorcycle with a range of 100km, slated for launch in the first quarter of 2024.

With these advancements, Kofa is poised to revolutionize energy access and affordability across West Africa's urban landscape.

Source: Tom Jackson / Disrupt Africa

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