Tembo today is a specialist battery-electric and off-road vehicle company that focused on designing and building ruggedised light electric vehicle solutions for customers across the globe in the mining, infrastructure, utilities, government services (including defence, police vehicles and ambulances) and humanitarian aid sectors.
Tembo e-LV was born out of a business in the Netherlands that focused on off-road 4 wheel drive vehicle customisations for the mining, agricultural and humanitarian aid sectors. It has since developed light vehicle electrification solutions for off road, ruggedised and customised applications, including for customers across the globe in the mining, infrastructure, utilities, government services (including defence, police vehicles and ambulances) and humanitarian aid sectors.
The Arowana team identified Tembo as a leading technology provider globally that would fit into the sustainable energy solutions strategy that was being formed for its NASDAQ listed company, VivoPower. An initial 51% of Tembo was acquired and VivoPower subsequently moved to 100% control following a growth capital injection. Since the full acquisition and integration of Tembo by VivoPower, the strategic focus has been on hyperscaling the business. In less than 12 months, with the support of VivoPower and Arowana team members, Tembo has been able to secure distributorships in 6 continents globally with commitments and orders totalling an estimated US$700m for the next 3 to 5 years.
Tembo has also signed a binding letter of intent (LOI) with Toyota Motor Corporation Australia (TMCA) to deliver battery electric solutions for the Toyota Landcruiser, with an initial focus on off-road applications.