Bodawerk E-boda Electric Motorcycle
Bodawerk International Ltd
Bodawerk E-boda is an electric motorcycle produced in Kampala, Uganda.
Bodawerk E-boda is an electric motorcycle which is produced by converting conventional petrol-fuelled motorcycles into a battery-powered vehicle. Users can choose to have their existing vehicles converted or purchase a new E-boda from Bodawerk. The manufacturer, based in Kampala, Uganda uses upcycled old lithium-ion batteries to replace the petrol-driven power train on Bajaj Boxer 100s, which are sold as their standard E-bodas. The batteries operate on a leasing system to make the bikes more accessible.
Initially Uganda and Kenya, with plans to licence the technology globally
Ampersand E-moto in Rwanda, Kibo K150 Bike in Kenya
Primarily motorcycle taxi drivers
Lithium-ion batteries are produced by Bodawerk in Kampala, using recycled laptop batteries. The E-boda business model involves the development of an electronic motorcycle by converting the traditional Bajaj Boxer 100 where the conventional petrol-driven power train is exchanged for an electric powertrain. As of 2020, the Kampala workshop can produce up to 100 bikes per month and the company has plans to expand to an additional workshop for mass production of the E-bodas. Interview with manufacturer 2020
The technology is patented in some countries but the company hopes to open-source in other regions Interview with manufacturer 2020
Users can purchase the E-boda new from the manufacturer or have their conventional motorcycle converted at the Bodawerk workshop in Kampala.
As of September 2020, ~20 have been built and are in use.
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
Bodawerk can convert a customer’s existing motorcycle, or offer a new product which is a converted Bajaj Boxer 100. The vehicle uses an electric power-train with recycled lithium-ion batteries. The 48 V DC, 6 kWp battery takes approximately 2 hours to charge which can be done at standard power outlets. It has a 2.2 kWh nominal capacity and the range is currently 70 km with one rider but with the new software updates, it will be around 80-90 km with one rider and >50 km with a passenger. The motor is currently rated at 2000 W, but Bodawerk plans to move to a 3000 W motor.
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The manufacturer states that the bike is virtually maintenance free. As Bodawerk retro-fit one of the best selling bikes in Africa, spare parts are readily available.
The lifespan of the battery is estimated at 2-3 years, however, the manufacturer will replace users’ batteries if performance drops before then. The battery is designed so that when it is no longer strong enough for the E-boda it can fit into existing solar power systems for energy storage.
Bodawerk aims to make e-mobility affordable in the communities it serves. It aims to have positive environmental impacts by reducing the reliance of drivers on fossil fuels, and social impacts by training local workers for future industries and increasing the income of motorcycle taxi drivers.
The manufacturer estimates that the motorcycle taxi drivers can double their income by switching to the E-boda by reducing their expenditures on fuel and maintenance as there are fewer moving parts in the electric power train.
As of September 2020, the E-bodas are undergoing testing by Powerhive and Siemens Foundation. Interview with manufacturer 2020
The battery management system allows for monitoring failure cases for predictive maintenance of batteries. They have GPS to track for theft and automatic accident detection which can send alerts based on impact or position of the bike.
The battery is designed to fit into existing solar power systems or be used as power packs once they are no longer strong enough for the E-bodas.
Nedjalkov, A., et al., 2019, “Blueprint and Implementation of Rural Stand-Alone Power Grids with Second-Life Lithium Ion Vehicle Traction Battery Systems for Resilient Energy Supply of Tropical or Remote Regions,” Materials, 12 (2642).
The company complies with regulations on storage and disposal of Li-ion batteries.
In addition to social impact, the manufacturer cites power, range and top speed as evaluation criteria.
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