A start-up in Dubai is in the process of launching its first electric motorcycles, designed and developed in the UAE at the end of September.
Adam Ridgway, CEO of One Moto, said TechRadar Middle East exclusive that he and his partner in the UK have developed electric scooters – Electa for commuter (a vintage model from Vespa), Byka for the supply market and the Commuta (more designed for the European market). There are also two Emiratis as partners.
“We plan to change the landscape of logistics delivery. We have designed these bikes and we have also planned a range of parcel delivery vehicles for next year.
Ridgway believes there are around 12,000 bicycles on the UAE road and the average cost of a gasoline bike is between AED 8,000 and AED 11,000 and the cost of the delivery box above that.
“If an average driver travels about 100 km a day, he spends an average of about AED 7,500 a year on fuel and AED 150 for maintenance and maintenance costs, apart from queues at gas stations. The average investment therefore comes to around AED 25,000 for the first year.
No Salik and registration costs
The biggest advantage of an electric bicycle, Ridgway said, is that a user does not have to pay Salik and no registration fees as part of government incentives.
“The only important reason that we have developed the bike is environmentally friendly. After the plane, a gasoline engine is more harmful than an SUV and sedan.
According to a study from the University of Berkeley, emissions from motorcycles are falling from those of SUV ' s. A sport bike can be responsible for 1.5 times the total greenhouse gas emissions of a typical SUV during the lifetime of the vehicles.
“We recently received approval from ESMA (Emirates Authority for Standardization and Metrology). ESMA introduced us to GSO (GCC Standardization Organization) in Saudi Arabia. We worked with government organizations, including RTA, to get the necessary approvals to get the bikes on the road, "he said.
In addition, Ridgway said the bikes were designed by a team of motorcyclists who understand the vehicles, the way a rider drives and the circumstances in which a rider drives.
"The magic combines all this knowledge into intelligence that is specific to drivers," he said.
He said, however, that the bicycles are assembled in China and intend to assemble them in the UAE at a later stage.
Normal three-pin connection for charging
"We plan to have 20,000 bicycles on the road by 2022 and our focus is on delivery companies and supermarkets," Ridgway said.
He said the bicycles are being launched in the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Egypt for the time being. It will be officially launched in the UAE at the end of September.
The Electa is priced at AED 16,450 while the Commuta at AED 14,450 and Byka at AED 14,950.
“When we came up with the design and R&D of One Moto, one of the things was convenience. The way we designed the battery is a slot-in and slot-out method. A customer can purchase multiple batteries and store one at the office and one at home for recharging. The biggest disadvantage for electric vehicles is the charging stations. We wanted to make sure that we take the hassle of the user. The battery can be charged from any three-pole outlet, & he said.
The bikes have a capacity of 85 km per hour, including three gear systems to save the battery. The battery has a service life of 90 to 150 km. Full charging takes between four and six hours and 80% charging in one hour.
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