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.
Market Suggested Retail Price
Distributors / Implementing Organizations
Safeboda, based in Uganda
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
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.
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
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.