Through this pilot in Namibia, TUMI demonstrated the benefits of providing electric bicycles (e-bikes) for students to allow for sustainable and affordable means of transport. These e-bike's batteries are charged in containers with solar-powered electric bicycles (e-bikes), thus being an affordable means of transport that does not rely on the grid. These e-bikes are ideal for hills, long distances or hot weather like in Windhoek.

Project Description

Windhoek is a city that is actively trying to transform their infrastructure to allow widespread active mobility options. For university students, this lack of infrastructure is coupled with a deficit of to affordable, sustainable mobility alternatives. In a city where transport costs are high, and paratransit is the main way to get around, the pilot project works to make electric bicycles available and accessible to students by installing E-Mobility Hubs on two University Campuses. The project will provide students and residents with e-bikes to use and experience sustainable mobility options. To scale and ensure sustainability of the pilot, appropriate financing instruments and awareness campaigns should be supported to transform Namibia’s capital Windhoek into an e-mobility hub in Southern Africa. 

GIZ Namibia is supporting several other components in eMobility, and the city of Windhoek has constructed bike lanes. 



Initial site visit of the project team in Leipzig, Germany at ITF 2023 

2019 & 2020:

Design Phase & Corona disruptions 


Procurement of Bikes, Shipment & arrival in Namibia

2021 & 2022:

On world bicycle day 23rd October 2021, a ground-breaking ceremony was held to officially start the construction of the cycling lane which lasted until 2022.

Project's Objective

The project’s has been able to achieve three main objectives: 

  • more accessible and affordable public transport options. 
  • promoting sustainable transport alternatives, as well as improving access and visibility of bicycles in general. 
  • Providing support in the ambitions of Windhoek to transform Namibia’s capital into an e-mobility hub in Southern Africa. 

Key Outputs

  • 40 electric bicycles under this project and two hubs, one hub at each campus, managed by a local manager 
  • All students receive 3 days of road safety training from the Windhoek City Police. 
  • Helmets, reflective vests and bicycle locks were provided for the students. 
  • A cycling lane over 4km as a safe and dedicated route for the students to use to cycle to the University campuses.

Main Outcomes

  • The main beneficiaries of the project are students as they were currently dependent on unreliable and expensive transport options such as taxis. 
  • Adaptations of the project due to COVID-19 
  • Cooperation with GIZ Namibia office & City of Windhoek on implementation plan 

Challenges and Learnings

Corona showed the world how important meetings and exchanges are for the advancement of technologies. By exchanging and learning from others. Exchange and study tours are important and must be nurtured. During the visit in 2019, the delegation visited similar initiatives around Germany and experienced the cycling culture of the European city which allowed them to develop the project and map out its activities the EBikes4Windhoek.  


The Team

Marvin Stolz

Transport Policy Advisor TUMIVolt

E-Mobility and sustainable mobility expert who joined the TUMI team in 2020. Previously he worked for KfW Development Bank in renewable energy and urban transport. Marvin studied Business Administration and holds a master’s degree in Risk Assessment and Sustainability Management.

Focus Areas: TUMI E-Mobility

Frederic Tesfay

Project Manager

Mechanical Engineer who immediately went into project management within the field of construction; having worked two years in USA and a further five years for GIZ in Africa focused on project implementation. After developing a strong focus on monitoring and controlling, he successfully began managing projects in the field of technical education and capacity building in Asia.

Focus Areas: TUMI Data, TUMI Labs, TUMI E-Bus Mission

Supported by


Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) GmbH

GIZ provides services worldwide in the field of international cooperation for sustainable development. GIZ has over 50 years of experience in a wide variety of areas, including economic development and employment, energy and the environment, and peace and security. The diverse expertise of our federal enterprise is in demand around the globe, with the German Government, European Union institutions, the United Nations and governments of other countries all benefiting from these services. The German Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is the main commissioning party, but GIZ also works with the private sector, fostering successful interaction between development policy and foreign trade.

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Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development

The Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) is headed by the Minister, Svenja Schulze, the Parliamentary State Secretaries, Dr. Bärbel Kofler and Niels Annen, and the State Secretary, Jochen Flasbarth. When Germany provides a developing country with a low-interest loan, when German experts advise the government of a partner country on behalf of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) or when private German organisations carry out projects in developing countries, these are all approaches involving direct development cooperation between Germany and its partners. Besides engaging in such bilateral development cooperation activities, Germany is also involved in activities for the benefit of the developing countries at the international level.

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