eBee is an electric bike for use in Sub Saharan Africa.
eBee is an electric bike with pedal assist designed for use in Sub Saharan Africa ana offered for the delivery market under a vehicle-as-a-service concept via a subscription basis.
Sub Saharan Africa
Jumia (e-commerce platform intended to test and distribute eBee products)
Vehicle cost per week: ~16.84 USD (2000 KES)Converted July 2022
E-fuel per week: ~6.32 USD (750 KES)Converted July 2022
Primary competitors in Mozambique and Ghana include Mozambikes, Ghana Bamboo Bikes, however, there are many other bicycles on the international market.
The target users are those needing to travel considerable distances with a lack of mobility options in Africa. These include young aspiring adults, entrepreneurs, small business owners, users who transport cargo, users who live or commute to remote areas, emergency medical care providers and students.
eBee offers e-bikes on a subscription basis for the delivery market, through ImaliPay. eBee retains ownership of the bikes and is responsible for its maintenance. Riders can access the bikes via daily, weekly, or monthly subscriptions.
The current distributions to date is unknown, although eBee Africa aims to distribute 1,000,000 e-bikes in Africa by 2030.
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
The eBee bike is designed for a maximum speed with electric assistance at 25 kph. It has a long range of 70 km per charge and takes approximately 3-4 hours to fully charge using any standard electrical socket. The bike features a low frame so that all individuals, including women, can ride them easily. It has 7 different speeds and a maximum nominal power of 250 W for the motor.
Local technicians (“e-mechanics”) provided by eBee.
The bike is designed for compatibility with locally available spare parts. Parts are maintained and replaced by local technicians (“e-mechanics”) provided by eBee.
eBee Africa is promoting electric bicycles as a more affordable, cleaner, and convenient option for service providers operating on heavily congested roads in Nairobi and other large cities on the continent. eBee’s e-bikes are specially designed for food and light parcel delivery. eBee’s e-bikes have been specially built for Africa.
Potential hazards include traffic accidents or pedestrian crashes, especially when sufficient training has not been received. Users should follow any bicycle helmet legislations or use PPE that has the potential to mitigate injury after a crash, or use other interventions to actively promote safe cycling.
This paper explores the advantages of e-bikes in the Kenyan community.
Okwemba, C, 2021, Kenya’s E-Commerce Turns to Electric Bikes to Cut Carbon Emission, The Star.
eBee products are compliant with the Kenyan law, Section 2 of the Traffic Act, stating that e-bikes cannot be self-propelled, excluding “throttle” electric bicycles. The product is compliant with the European legislation that excludes the Class-2 e-bikes allowed in most US States. E-bikes are considered under the bicycle category, they have therefore to respect the same rules on the road. eBee is also compliant with rules in South Africa technical limits.
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