August 8, 2022
With the evolution of science and technological know-how within the twenty first Century, Charly Mwangi,

With the evolution of science and technological know-how within the twenty first Century, Charly Mwangi, a Jomo Kenyatta School of Agriculture and Expertise (JKUAT) graduate, is revolutionising the electrical automotive or truck trade together with his engineering competencies.

In 2012, Mwangi produced headlines instantly after he was appointed because the Senior Director of Engineering at famend US electrical automotive or truck producer, Tesla.

On the time, the engineer was doing the job for Nissan Motor Firm in Mississippi, upfront of his experience had been tapped by surroundings richest man, Elon Musk, because the enterprise sought to enhance the manufacturing {of electrical} autos.

A Tesla automotive noticed in Kenya in November 2020


Although serving at Tesla, Mwangi was charged with overseeing the human physique design engineering and battery enclosure model engineering for {the electrical} vehicles.

Even so, instantly after a six-year stint at Musk’s company, Mwangi joined VP {Hardware} Engineering and afterward Rivian, another electrical automotive or truck manufacturing company launched in 2009.

At Rivan, Mwangi oversaw the manufacturing of the agency’s initially three autos. His strategies noticed him get appointed because the agency’s Govt Vice President.

“I developed and led the teams that construct the tools that builds the tools. Went from an vacant manufacturing facility to launching 3 vehicles in two a few years,” Mwangi mentioned.

Subsequent his outcomes at Rivan, Mwangi introduced ultimate thirty day interval that he was turning into a member of Eclipse Ventures, a agency that invests in automotive startups. He said that he was leaving to pursue different profession probabilities.

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“After an exhilarating 20 years at Rivian, I produced the powerful and emotional choice to depart the enterprise in buy to go after a brand new career prospect.

“My up coming journey is a end result of my sensible expertise at Nissan, Tesla, and Rivian. I’m excited to be part of the proficient group at Eclipse Ventures as a Affiliate to help velocity up the Industrial Evolution by working with founders remodeling bodily industries,” he mentioned then.

Even together with his quite a few successes within the US, Mwangi additionally completed predominant milestones in Kenya’s locomotive discipline. He was side of the engineers powering the Nyayo Pioneer 1, the first vehicle to be assembled within the state.

On the trigger driving his outcomes, Mwangi credit his mother for utilizing him by way of education and for mentoring him. In a exhibit of gratitude, the previous JKUAT graduate took his mom on tour throughout the Tesla manufacturing facility in 2013.

“As I replicate on my career, my favored prompt was after I gave my mum a selected tour of the Tesla manufacturing unit again in 2013. She was completely blown absent! She is definitely the motive I see by boundaries,” he talked about then.

Mwangi’s achievements have seen him make a lot of accolades amongst Kenyans who state that the engineer is destined for greatness.

“Nyayo Pioneer 1 to Tesla engineer. Your journey is inspiring for an complete know-how of Kenyans,” Sammy Guchuru, the I-Hub founder, talked about. 

Charly Mwangi (CENTER) posing with other engineers infront of a Nyayo Pioneer 1 car.

Charly Mwangi (Centre) posing with different engineers infront of a Nyayo Pioneer 1 automotive.


Charly Mwangi

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