Mellowcabs manufactures and operates a fleet of electric three-wheeled vehicles designed for eco-friendly and efficient transportation in urban areas. Mellowcab plans to provide a low cost, clean energy, share ride transportation service in South Africa. A single Mellowcab can provide over 120km of transport per day. A mobile app connects the commuters and the cabs and payment can be made by cash or by credit card via the app.A promotional video is available here.
$4 for a ride within 4km.
Alternatives include Uber, Lyft, traditional taxi services, and other mediums of transportation like busses, bycycles and commuting by foot.
Goal #11: Sustaianable cities and communities
Commuters within urban centers seeking low cost transportation limited to 4km.
Parts for this product are manufactured in both China and South Africa.
Patrons pay a flat fee for transport within about a 4km radius around an urban centre. After passengers reach their destination, the app also enables credit-card transactions: no cash. All drivers will be permanently employed staff. They put their drivers through a formal tour-guide training course, to develop them into small business owners, in addition to communication and client interaction courses. After a period of successful operation, Mellowcabs aims to transfer ownership of the vehicle to the driver.
Unknown. However, the company aims to deploy 500 vehicles in South Africa over the next 5 years.
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
The Mellowcab weighs 230 kg (or 507 lbs), with three wheels, powered by pedals and an electric assist motor. The protective shell is made from recycled-plastic compound, and the electric wheel-hub motors are internally geared. When you start pedaling, the motors engage.
Battery Lithium Ion 200Ah
Motor 48 V / 5kw
Vehicle dimensions 3100 mm x 1200 mm x 1800 mm
Frame chassis Aluminium
Transmission mode 16:1 reduction gear
Shell material Fibreglass composite
Wheelbase 2800 mm
Rear axle span 990 mm
Maximum load capacity 415 kg
Maximum forward speed 65 km/h
Maximum backward speed with reverse gear, max backward speed 15 km/h
Technical support is provided by the manufacturer.
Parts are made in China.
The rechargeable batteries have a maximum range of 100 km (or 68 miles). The top speed is 65 km/h, but the vehicle can be programmed to stay within a set speed limit.
Unknown. However, Mellowcabs has proved its performance through several trials in the field. Although it is worth mentioning the limitations of a pure electric vehicle, where when the battery depletes and without proper charging infrastructure, it is unable to move.
Testing is done through the manufacturer. Before launching and releasing each product, they tested the brakes, lights, and all components of the vehicle.
For safety purposes, they have developed ultra-rigid roll cage, safety belts, and proximity sensors for the vehicles and some will be fitted with doors. Passengers will be able to use lockable baggage areas underneath the seat to keep property safe. They are currently in the development to fit their vehicles with a CCTV camera.
To ensure passenger safety, driving staff must complete an in-house training program and possess a valid South Africa motorcycle license and a professional-driving permit. Drivers are also monitored via real-time GPS tracking, and must submit to random alcohol and drug tests.
This product will feature a phone app that will be connected to requesting and paying for the service.
Academic research has not been cited on this product specifically, although there is some useful research on electric cars, in general, in Africa.
Meets South African standards for a public transportation vehicle
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