E-mobility on a pay as you go mannequin to spice up sector
E-mobility start-up firm Zembo is making an attempt to create a brand new marketplace for e-mobility within the Ugandan capital Kampala with a lease-to-own enterprise mannequin for electrical bikes.
With monetary assist from EEP Africa, Zembo can be constructing a community of photo voltaic charging stations across the metropolis. The Zembo Storm e-bike is customised for African roads, assembled regionally and might journey as much as 60km on a single cost. Zembo is placing 200 e-bikes on the street and opening greater than 15 recharge stations utilizing a pay as you go battery swap mannequin. The corporate goals to have a community of 700 photo voltaic charging stations throughout Uganda inside 5 years.
Zembo co-founder Etienne Saint-Sernin: “The battery-as-a-service mannequin decouples funding and utilization, enabling extra folks to make the transition to e-mobility.”
EEP Africa head of portfolio and finance Lauri Tuomaala defined Zembo is a really new start-up firm with not a lot of a monitor document. However, EEP Africa believes their revolutionary concept may have a dramatic influence on the East African e-mobility market. “That is the candy spot for EEP Africa financing when an organization wants grant funds to allow them to pilot and reveal new expertise or a brand new enterprise mannequin.
“The deal with constructing native expertise and capability by assembling and repairing the bikes in Kampala was additionally engaging when it comes to long-term sustainability. Because the mission began the native authorities authorities have seen the local weather potential for this expertise and partnered with Zembo,” stated Tuomaala.
Motorbike taxis, recognized regionally as boda bodas, are a key type of transportation in lots of East African cities and a number one explanation for noise and air air pollution. Clear power options for this boda boda market may supply excessive influence alternatives to scale back greenhouse emissions, enhance well being and create inexperienced jobs.
E-mobility for jobs and clear air, along with transport
Kampala Capital Metropolis Authorities (KCCA) enterprise improvement supervisor Edison Masereka: “Clear transport is among the main interventions we will take to scale back air pollution. It’s simple to work with Zembo as a result of they’ve examined the expertise and perceive the native market.”
Zembo bikes are proving widespread with the native market and the corporate has developed partnerships with drivers from native ride-hailing app SafeBoda and the KCCA. As a part of an EU-funded programme for sustainable city improvement, the KCCA have bought 4 Zembo bikes for his or her municipal fleet. They’re additionally funding a charging station staffed by members of an area youth group.
Tuomaala identified excessive upfront prices of switching from fuel to electrical automobiles may be decreased via each the lease-to-own and PAYG battery swap fashions. “The flexibleness of PAYG additionally allowed Zembo to regulate its costs through the pilot interval whereas the corporate gathered details about the true market worth and labored to increasing the charging stations and different supporting infrastructure.”
He thinks this explicit mission stands a excessive probability of being replicable and scalable all through Africa. “We’ve seen sturdy progress in demand for financing for e-mobility initiatives, particularly in East Africa. As a pioneer on this sector, Zembo has examined and tailored the expertise to an area market and developed partnerships that can additional reveal the monetary viability of this mannequin, for each Zembo bikes and fuel bikes being retrofitted to electrical by different firms.”
Tuomaala factors out the chance additionally exists to increase the photo voltaic charging stations mannequin, which offer battery-as-a-service and might generate earnings from extra power generated by photo voltaic panels.
Learn extra about Zembo’s enterprise mannequin in EEP Africa’s newest case examine, Electric Boda Bodas.