Ecobodaa Kenya launches its next generation electric motorcycle – The Umeme 3000

The Kenyan electric motorcycle company Ecobodaa will soon launch its next-generation electric motorcycle, the Umeme 3000. Umeme means electricity in Swahili. Ecobodaa started operations in 2020 after founder Kimosop Chepkoit, who had previously used his savings to start an ICE motorcycle rental company in Nairobi, became fascinated with electric motorcycles. He then started asking around to get some insight into how the market would react to e-bikes. Using data acquired from his fleet of over 75 ICE motorcycles, he then founded Ecobodaa and began work on an electric motorcycle for the local market.

Once Ecobodaa found a suitable electric motorcycle, a pilot program was launched in parts of Nairobi to get feedback on performance, as well as valuable insights from key stakeholders in Kenya’s motorcycle taxi industry, known under the boda boda industry name. Ecobodaa CEO Kimosop Chepkoit said the pilot program showed the company was able to save 36% on daily fuel expenses, more than 75% on repairs and 90% on maintenance over a period of time. of 3 months. These are significant savings for boda boda riders. Reducing their operating costs will help users save money.

Valuable feedback from riders has helped Ecobodaa improve its motorcycle to better suit the African use case, where motorcycles are primarily for commercial use, such as transporting passengers and cargo. This means overloading and long hours of use. Most electric motorcycles made in Asia are not designed for such intense use. they are mostly for private use. Here is a summary of the specifications of the new Umeme 3000 electric motorcycle:

Battery

Power: 3.24kWh

Charging time: Charging time: 4.5 hours (200-240 V AC)

Chemistry: High quality NMC lithium-ion cells

Cycles: 1000 to 100% SoC, 1500 to 80% SoC (4 years of daily use)

Exchangeable: yes, the Umeme 3000 has slots for 2 x 3.24 kWh batteries

Range: 80 km (average speed 55 km/h with passenger – 90 kg), dual battery range: 160 km

Battery weight: 20 kg per pack

Battery management systems also incorporate PAYGO functionality. The battery can only be used with the purchase of tokens as well as real-time monitoring of the battery status via IoT.

Engine

Power: 3 kW mid-drive motor (with chain)

Protection index: IP67 waterproof

Operating temperature: up to 150 degrees Celsius

Efficiency: 92% efficiency

General specifications

Maximum speed: 120 km/h (programmable up to 150 km/h)

Acceleration: 90km/h in 5 seconds (programmable)

*Programmable speed settings to suit usage scenario

Front wheels: 1.6 × 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels

Front tires: 2.75×17″ 40% rubber tires

Rear wheels: 1.85 × 17 inch aluminum alloy wheels

Rear tires: 3.00×17″ 40% rubber tires

Brakes: front and rear hydraulic disc brakes

Designed in Kenya, the Umeme 3000 is assembled in Nairobi from a combination of local and imported components. “So far, we only source around 20% of parts locally, but as we build our capacity and find suitable partners, we hope to increase this figure to over 50% within 2 years,” says Kimosop. “Our iteration of the previous version was basically informed by the feedback and surveys we conducted on 500 riders. We sought to understand why they loved ICE 150cc motorcycles so much. The answers lie in 5 things; spare parts availability , performance in terms of torque, aesthetics, maintenance cost and durability.We then modeled our bike to be compatible with most locally available spare parts, improved in performance and durability. aesthetic.

It’s really good to see local Kenyan companies such as Ecobodaa moving from pilot projects to commercial deployments. Kenya’s motorbike taxi industry is a huge market that currently runs on millions of polluting fossil motorbikes. A study by the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC, now called the Petroleum and Energy Regulatory Authority, or EPRA) of the Global Fuel Economy Initiative in Kenya (GFEI) study cites that emissions from motorcycles less than 150 cc are around 46.5 g/km of CO2. The average annual distance traveled by motorcycle is approximately 17,800 km. With over 2 million motorcycles on the road and growing exponentially, accelerating the transition to electric mobility is essential.

The final price of the Umeme 3000 and battery rental/exchange costs will be announced soon.

All images by Remeredzai


 

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