Freetown is the capital of Sierra Leone and the howntown of Festus Vandi, Director of Mechanical Engineering at Turbo Electric and General Manager of Turbo Electric SL.
He passionately believes in the ability of the people of Freetown and their ability make this business a success.
Proposed plan for Freetown
The future for Turbo Electric is to based the first factories in Freetown and have local people manufacturing the vehicles ultimately for the world market.
We are currently talking to the Ministers in Sierra Leone to air our the plans, which includes working with the local educational institutions to train engineers and provide a career path in Turbo Electric.
There is an issue with unemployment and a lack of hands-on experience in technology and technical engineering.
The plan is for Turbo Electric to provide training schemes and work placements for people to learn and practice their skills on a business which has a good future for Freetown and Sierra Leone.
Graham North, Managing Director of Turbo Electric, who has created all the IT and technology designs on the vehicles, and who has a long history in IT and Electronic Technologies will also be working directly in Freetown to regenerate their IT market.
This will mean directly working onsite in Freetown on their local urban projects to help the people bring their projects to reality.
In The Community
The local cost of electricity is 1,000 SLL (link), which is 8pence (UK) or 10cents (US)
An example household here used about 120kWh in a month
This means the cars battery will power a house for a month when there's no electricity
Also the price of any fuel here is 8,500 SLL per litre.
Most of the cars around here will struggle to achieve 30mpg due to the road conditions,
also the way people drive here requires constant braking as there is little traffic control.
So it will cost 120,000 SLL to recharge the car from completely flat to full charge.
If this were fuel that would be the cost of 14.1 ltrs fuel (3.1 imp gallons) which would mean a range of about 100miles
In our car this would be 400miles, so about 4 times the range.
This would be like only paying 2,125 SLL per litre for your fuel
Also the African model does not need to be restricted to 8 seats so that model will have 18 seats instead
The government here has already ordered a vehicle, which can be used as public transport.