Ecobodaa Kenya Is Launching Its Subsequent Era Electrical Bike – The Umeme 3000


The Kenyan electrical motorbike firm Ecobodaa will quickly launch its subsequent era electrical motorbike, the Umeme 3000. Umeme is Swahili for electrical energy. Ecobodaa began operations in 2020 after founder Kimosop Chepkoit, who had earlier used his financial savings to begin an ICE motorbike leasing agency in Nairobi, grew to become fascinated with electrical bikes. He then began to ask round to get some insights on how the market would reply to electrical bikes. Utilizing knowledge acquired from his fleet of over 75 ICE bikes, he then based Ecobodaa and began engaged on an electrical motorbike for the native market.

As soon as Ecobodaa had discovered an acceptable electrical motorbike, a pilot program was launched in some components of Nairobi to realize some suggestions on the efficiency, in addition to helpful insights from key stakeholders within the Kenyan motorbike taxi trade popularly often known as the boda boda trade. Ecobodaa CEO Kimosop Chepkoit says the pilot program confirmed that the corporate has been capable of save riders 36% on every day gas spend, over 75% on repairs, and 90% on servicing over a interval of three months. These are vital financial savings for boda boda riders. Reducing their working prices will assist riders construct some financial savings.

Precious suggestions from motorbike riders has helped Ecobodaa improve its motorbike to be higher fitted to the African use case, the place bikes are primarily for industrial use, equivalent to ferrying passengers and items. This implies overloading and lengthy hours of utilization. Most Asian-built electrical bikes usually are not constructed for such intense utilization; they’re principally for personal use. Here’s a abstract of the brand new Umeme 3000 electrical motorbike’s specs:


Ranking: 3.24 kWh

Cost time: Charging time: 4.5 hrs (200-240V AC)

Chemistry: Lithium-ion NMC excessive grade cells

Cycles: 1000 at 100% SoC, 1500 at 80% SoC (4 yrs of every day use)

Swappable: Sure, the Umeme 3000 has slots for two x 3.24 kWh battery packs

Vary: 80 km (Avg. velocity of 55kph with passenger — 90kg), Twin battery vary: 160km

Battery pack weight: 20kg per pack

Battery administration programs 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 IoT.


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

Ingress Safety: IP67 Waterproof

Working Temperature: As much as 150 levels Celsius

Effectivity: 92% effectivity

Common specs

Prime Pace: 120kph (programmable as much as 150kph)

Acceleration: 90kph in 5 seconds (programmable)

*Programmable Pace Settings to swimsuit utilization state of affairs

Entrance Wheels: 1.6×17″ Aluminum alloy wheels

Entrance Tires: 2.75×17″ 40% rubber tires

Rear Wheels: 1.85×17″ Aluminum alloy wheels

Rear Tires: 3.00×17″ 40% rubber tires

Brakes: Entrance and Rear hydraulic disc brakes

Designed in Kenya, the Umeme 3000 is assembled in Nairobi from a mix of native and imported parts. “Thus far we’re solely sourcing about 20% of the components regionally, however as we construct capability and discover appropriate companions, we hope to extend this to over 50% inside 2 years” says Kimosop. “Our iteration from the earlier model was mainly knowledgeable from the suggestions and surveys we performed on 500 riders. We sought to grasp why they liked the 150cc ICE bikes a lot. The solutions lay in 5 issues; availability of spares, efficiency when it comes to torque, aesthetics, value of servicing, and sturdiness. We then modeled our bike to be suitable with a lot of the regionally obtainable spares, improved on efficiency, and aesthetics.”

It’s actually good to see native Kenyan corporations equivalent to Ecobodaa shifting from pilots to industrial roll-outs. The Kenyan motorbike taxi trade is a big market that’s at present working on hundreds of thousands of polluting fossil bikes. A examine by the Vitality Regulatory Fee (ERC, now referred to as the Vitality and Petroleum Regulatory Authority, or EPRA) on the World Gasoline Financial system Initiative Examine 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 over 2 million bikes on the highway and rising exponentially, it’s important that the transition to electrical mobility is accelerated.

The ultimate pricing of the Umeme 3000 and the battery rental/swapping prices are to be introduced quickly.

All photos by Remeredzai


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