11 Jun 2019

Samoans could soon be building electric motorcycles

8:56 pm on 11 June 2019

An Australian firm is looking at setting up an electric motorcycle manufacturing factory in Samoa.

Electric motorcycle

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Peeq Samoa recently set up the country's first call centre utilising the country's Tui Samoa submarine cable, and it is keen to set up a manufacturing unit too.

The company's executive trustee, Graham Liao, told the Samoa Observer the company was currently in negotiations with government to set up the factory.

He said the company was looking to open the manufacturing plant at the building that once housed Samoa's biggest private employer, Yazaki Samoa.

He said with their company based in Brisbane, the five hour flight time was favourable along with the Samoan people's grasp of the English language.

Mr Liao said the design of the electric motorbike is almost complete and with final approval they are most likely to start manufacturing by September of

this year.

He said they have a longterm plan to relocate the company headquarters to Samoa.

"Samoa is like a micro-Singapore waiting to happen, and I really believe that," he said.