Updated on June 26, 2024


Created on September 16, 2020


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Zembo is an electric motorcycle available for boda boda drivers in Africa.

Developed By
  1. Zembo
Tested By
  • SafeBoda
Content Partners


Product Description

Zembo (Zero Emission Motorcycle Boda) is a fully electric motorcycle intended to be used by taxi drivers in East Africa powered by replaceable batteries. Zembo offers electric motorcycles to boda boda drivers and recharges batteries in its solar stations.

Target SDGs

SDG 7: Affordable and Clean Energy

SDG 11: Sustainable Cities and Communities

Market Suggested Retail Price


Target Users (Target Impact Group)

Household, Community

Distributors / Implementing Organizations

Safeboda, based in Uganda

Manufacturing/Building Method

This product is currently in the prototyping phase and not yet manufactured at scale. 20 motorcycles are currently in the test phase as of 2020.

Intellectural Property Type


User Provision Model

Zembo collaborated with SafeBoda, a local ride-hailing app with a reputation for reliable drivers, to facilitate their entry into the market.

Distributions to Date Status

Over 2000 electric motorcycles serviced by over 60 charging stations all over Kampala



Gear Ratio


Maximum load capacity (kg)


Design Specifications

Zembo, or Zero Emission Boda vehicle, is an electric motorcycle intended to replace the boda boda taxi drivers in Uganda. The vehicle has replaceable batteries, which can be replaced at dedicated stations in 2 minutes. The vehicles are made available to users through a lease scheme enabling them to acquire the vehicle after 2 years. On one battery charge, the vehicle can drive in a range of 50-80 km. The Li ion batteries used are recycled from old laptops and turned into rechargeable batteries for the motorbike. Once they have been used again, they are re-recycled into power banks for further usage.

Product Schematics

Technical Support

Replacement of the discharged batteries is available at charging stations.

Replacement Components




Manufacturer Specified Performance Parameters

Zero emission vehicle and increased profit by 60% through the lease and rental scheme.

Vetted Performance Status

Successful tests by the ride hailing app Safeboda, covering 40,000 km in one year. Six models of the motorcycle were tested in order to verify its function.


Safety should be taken when handling the batteries. Potential hazards include traffic accidents or pedestrian crashes, especially when sufficient training has not been received.

Complementary Technical Systems

Charging stations

Academic Research and References


Compliance with regulations

Involvement of local authorities in the development is intended to ensure alignment with country goals in terms of clean energy transport means.

Evaluation methods

Evaluation methods include testing and user feedback gathered from Zembo drivers, positive feedback from drivers, and users of the service.

Comments from the Community

1 Comment

  1. paulspirie says:

    Where in Uganda is the test and programme based?

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