Zembo is an electric motorcycle available for boda boda drivers in Africa.
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.
Safeboda, based in Uganda
Boda boda drivers and riders
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.
Lease of the motorcycle and rental of the batteries
The number of people that can fit within product [Persons]
The ratio between the rates at which the last and first gears rotate
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.
Replacement of the discharged batteries is available at charging stations.
Zero emission vehicle and increased profit by 60% through the lease and rental scheme.
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.
Involvement of local authorities in the development is intended to ensure alignment with country goals in terms of clean energy transport means.
Testing and user feedback gathered from Zembo drivers, positive feedback from drivers, users of the service state it has become cheaper.
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