Kenya’s Ecobodaa To Launch Lease-to-Personal Electrical Bikes in Nairobi
Electrical mobility startup, Ecobodaa has disclosed plans to launch its rent-to-own electrical bikes in Kenya’s capital metropolis, Nairobi. Being the most important metropolis in Kenya, Nairobi is dwelling to over 200,000 bikes which outnumber buses and taxis, making bikes the commonest technique of transportation within the metropolis and nation at giant.
The e-mobility firm is reportedly establishing battery swap stations in Kenya’s largest ghetto, Kibera in preparation for its October launch. Ecobodaa has mentioned it would ship its first batch of electrical bikes to already educated girls riders.
As a method to launch and serve the cellular under-served, we’ve shortlisted, vetted, and educated girls bodaboda riders in Kibera who will then profit from our preliminary batch of Ecobodaas. We’re proud to say that we’ve a product that we consider will begin an e-mobility revolution in the commonest mode of final mile transport in East Africa.
Kimosop Chepkoit, Ecobodaa CEO and Founder
Ecobodaa’s electrical bikes are designed and assembled in Nairobi, Kenya. Nigeria’s MAX.ng, Rwanda’s Ampersand and Uganda’s Zembo are different eBike-hailing startups in Africa that assemble their electrical bikes domestically.
Whereas that could be a widespread issue, these corporations run totally different operational fashions, with some extra totally different than the others.
Ecobodaa and Zembo function a rent-to-own mannequin
Ecobodaa plans to work on a rent-to-own mannequin in Kenya in order that its riders can finally personal the electric-powered bikes. The bikes might be leased to the drivers at first, whereas the corporate receives funds on a each day or weekly foundation from its riders by Safaricom’s M-Pesa.
“Our enterprise mannequin is exclusive since we not solely present the electrical bike to our riders, we additionally present 100% financing for our riders.”
Ecobodaa’s CEO, Kimosop
Ecobodaa’s riders will be capable of receive possession of the electrical bikes after making the stipulated M-Pesa funds for a interval of 18 months.
Zembo operates the same mannequin to Ecobodaa in Uganda. The startup first rents its electrical bikes out to riders for as much as 2 years. Based on Zembo, the rider turns into the proprietor of the electrical bikes when the 2-year interval elapses.
The e-mobility firm runs a pay-as-you-go mannequin such that riders remit an quantity of their generated income from every experience until they acquire possession of the bikes.
MAX.ng and Ampersand supply a lease and buy possibility
Having commenced operations in Nigeria’s Ogun state, MAX.ng leases its electrical bikes to riders in Nigeria. Not like Kenya’s Ecobodaa and Uganda’s Zembo, drivers are with out the opportunity of proudly owning the bikes.
The riders who work for the corporate can solely make use of the bikes whereas they’re contracted. MAX prices a share of earnings generated on each experience.
Ampersand presents a extra versatile mannequin which permits riders in Uganda the choice to both hire the electrical bikes or purchase them upfront with none further value.
Riders are additionally required to pay for a upkeep plan pre-designed by the corporate.
Battery swapping system
Ecobodaa, MAX.ng and Ampersand all function a battery swapping system for his or her riders. Realizing that charging an electrical bike battery can take between 4 to eight hours or extra, the three e-mobility corporations as an alternative swap used up electrical batteries in bikes with absolutely solar-charged ones for riders to keep away from the time delay.
The battery swap normally solely takes a couple of minutes.
Zembo, nonetheless, doesn’t make use of a battery swapping system. The mobility firm as an alternative operates a community of photo voltaic stations the place the batteries of its electrical bikes are charged.
The varied enterprise fashions employed by every mobility startup could also be a consequence of their differing goals in Africa’s largely untapped e-mobility market.
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