Kenyan startup to launch country’s first affordable electric motorbike taxis –

Based in March 2020, a brand new Kenyan startup, Ecobodaa, will probably be launching the nation’s first digital bike initially of 2021.

The bike taxis are constructed and assembled in Kenya’s capital, Nairobi.

The motorbikes will probably be a extra inexpensive and environmentally-friendly different to taxi drivers who hire their motorbikes at excessive charges from their house owners. This will probably be an essential step in serving to hundreds of taxi drivers in Kenya save extra from their day by day earnings.

Ecobodaa new inexpensive and inexperienced bikes

Presently, the founders have developed a prototype bike that’s being examined by taxi drivers.

In an interview with Ventureburn, Kimosop Chepkoit, founder and CEO of Ecobodaa explains that they hope to launch their service

“Our preliminary plan was to launch later this month however we bumped into some manufacturing and logistics associated challenges occasioned by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our rescheduled launch date is January 2021.”

As soon as the Ecobodaa bikes have been launched they are going to be obtainable to drivers on a “lease-to-own credit score mannequin.” The bikes will have the ability to attain a most pace of 60km per hour and produce zero emissions.

The bikes will probably be fitted with a detachable 72v Lithium battery which can have a variety of 60 – 75km per hour. As soon as the bike’s battery energy has been depleted, the drivers will have the ability to swap it out for a totally charged battery at an Ecobadaa battery swap station.

The battery may also make the bikes extra fuel-efficient and in consequence, cut back the price of gasoline for the motive force.

Chepkoit explains that riders face a myriad of challenges, from police harassment, exploitation from leasing businesses and extra, however Ecobodaa goals to alleviate these challenges confronted by riders and simplifying the method. General permitting riders to earn a steady earnings.

“Ecobodaa, other than Tackling the worldwide downside of local weather change by decarbonising the preferred mode of transport in East Africa additionally provides an inexpensive lease to personal phrases to the riders who rise up to 90% financial savings on motorbike servicing in comparison with proudly owning a petroleum powered motorbike which wants servicing each 2 weeks (3 months for Ecobodaa).”

Ecobodaa may also have the ability to observe their driver’s efficiency by a route playback system which is able to present the gap coated in addition to the pace and energy of the bike.

Nairobi’s taxi scenario

Presently, in Nairobi, there are greater than 100 000 bike taxis and are utilized by loads of commuters within the metropolis. Regardless of the demand for his or her service, taxi drivers on common earn $10 (+/- R164) after working roughly 17 hours a day.

“In response to Kenya Nationwide Bureau of Statistics and Nationwide Transport and Security Affiliation, there are roughly 200,000 bodabodas within the Nairobi Metropolitan Space, an space protecting greater than 1,000 sqkm. Every rider is estimated to make at the least 20 journeys in a day with approximate earnings of 10USD per day,” explains Chepkoit.

A majority of the taxi drivers don’t personal the bikes which add to their day after day bills. On common, a driver can pay a day by day cost of $4.8 (+/- R78) to the proprietor of the bike and an additional $2.5 (+/- R40) on gasoline/petrol. Because of this drivers solely have a revenue of $2.7 (+/- R44).

In response to their web site, Ecobodaa drivers will solely should pay $3.5 (+/- R57) in day by day premiums in comparison with the present common fee of $4.8 (+/- R78).

This will probably be an essential step in serving to hundreds of taxi drivers in Kenya save extra from their day by day earnings.

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Characteristic picture: Ecobodaa bike, Facebook