There are lots of thrilling initiatives taking form in Kenya’s electrical mobility and clear cooking sectors. On the electrical mobility facet of issues, the electrical motorbike sector is growing fairly properly and has been one of many key focus areas for a lot of startups, together with the electrical bus sector.
One of many gamers that has been main the cost to get Kenya’s electrical motorbike going electrical is Ecobodaa. Ecobodaa not too long ago launched the most recent model of its electrical motorbike, the Umeme 3000. Here’s a abstract of the brand new Umeme 3000 electrical motorbike’s specs:
Battery Capability: 3.24 kWh
Cost time: Charging time: 4.5 hours (200-240V AC)
Chemistry: Lithium-ion NMC excessive grade cells
Cycles: 1000 at 100% SoC, 1500 at 80% SoC (4 years of every day use)
Swappable: Sure, the Umeme 3000 has slots for two x 3.24 kWh battery packs
Vary: 80 km (Avg. pace of 55kph with passenger — 90kg), Twin battery vary: 160km
Battery pack weight: 20kg per pack
Ecobodaa’s battery administration techniques additionally incorporate PAYGO performance. The battery can solely be used upon buy of tokens in addition to real-time monitoring of battery well being by way of IoT.
Ranking: 3 kW mid-drive motor (with chain)
Ingress Safety: IP67 Waterproof
Working Temperature: As much as 150 levels Celsius
Effectivity: 92% effectivity
Prime Pace: 120kph (programmable as much as 150kph)
There’s additionally lots of exercise on the cleaner cooking facet as many individuals in Kenya nonetheless depend on firewood and charcoal for cooking and there’s an pressing have to transition to cleaner cooking fuels. One of many corporations that’s working to offer a cleaner cooking resolution is Ecosafi. Ecosafi has 5 retailers in Nairobi’s low revenue settlements and is increasing quickly. In an instance of the superior synergies that may assist propel Kenya’s clear power sector, Ecobodaa has partnered with Ecosafi for final mile deliveries of Ecosafi’s cooking pellets.
The partnership is beginning with 5 Ecobodaas, 1 for every Ecosafi every outlet, deployed for last-mile supply of fresh cooking pellets to clients. Ecosafi piloted a number of electrical bikes earlier than deciding on Ecobodaa
“This partnership goes to indicate that Ecobodaa has constructed a product that addresses the market wants by way of high quality and performance,” says Ecobodaa CEO Kimosop Chepkoit.
Ecobodaa retains possession of the batteries and earns a month-to-month subscription payment and in flip is chargeable for battery upkeep. It is a mannequin that helps to decrease the boundaries to entry for companies seeking to purchase electrical bikes. The battery stays the most costly element of electrical bikes and this month-to-month subscription mannequin permits companies to get these electrical bikes at costs near parity with equal ICE bikes. Nonetheless, electrical bikes have the benefit of decrease operational prices.
A 2015 examine by the Vitality Regulatory Fee (ERC, now known as the Vitality and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, or EPRA) on the International Gasoline Financial system Initiative Research in Kenya (GFEI), cites that emissions from bikes of lower than 150 cc are about 46.5 g/km of CO2. The typical annual distance coated by bikes is round 17,800 km. With the variety of ICE bikes bought in Kenya rising quickly, a fast transition to electrical is required to scale back these tailpipe emissions. With Kenya’s grid largely powered by renewables comparable to wind, geothermal, hydro, and a few utility-scale photo voltaic, these electrical bikes might be powered by some very clear electrical energy.
Photographs courtesy of Ecosafi and Ecobodaa