A Shift Towards Sustainable Transportation

In the growing conversation about motorcycles in Africa, the focus has largely been on the motorcycle taxi industry, where tens of millions of internal combustion engine motorcycles operate. However, the move towards electric vehicles, particularly electric motorcycles, is gaining traction, primarily driven by private sector startups and investors targeting this lucrative market.

Expanding Electric Mobility in Africa

The transition to electric motorcycles in Africa has been spearheaded by small startup companies, with significant developments occurring along the “boda belt” from Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to Dakar, Senegal. In North Africa, countries like Morocco also see significant use of smaller electric scooters for personal transportation. Another critical sector adopting electric motorcycles is the commercial fleet industry, particularly in telecommunications.

Telecommunications and Electric Motorcycles

Internet service providers (ISPs) often deploy multiple crews of field technicians for installations and maintenance. These tasks, which typically require a small toolbox, can be efficiently handled using motorcycles instead of larger diesel vans.

The Partnership: Syokinet Solutions and Roam

Roam has partnered with Syokinet Solutions, a leading technology company in Kenya, to introduce electric motorcycles for their field technicians. Syokinet Solutions, known for revolutionizing internet services and IoT solutions, provides high-speed fiber optic and wireless internet services in Nairobi and Machakos counties.

Fleet Expansion

Syokinet Solutions has initially purchased 10 Roam Air electric motorcycles, with plans to expand to a total fleet of 100 vehicles by next year. This initiative aims to enhance the efficiency and reliability of their service delivery. By choosing Roam Air, Syokinet Solutions demonstrates its commitment to sustainability and cost-saving measures.

Benefits of Roam Air Electric Motorcycles

The Roam Air electric motorcycles are designed for commercial use, combining affordability, functional design, and performance. They are suitable for personal use, cargo transportation, and taxi services. Key specifications include:

  • Battery Capacity: 2 x 3.24 kWh
  • Range (Dual Battery): 160 km
  • Nominal Power: 3000 W
  • Top Speed: 90 km/h
  • Payload: 220 kg
  • Weight (Single Battery): 135 kg
  • Charging Time: 4 hours

Additional Features:

  • Removable dual battery solution
  • Driving modes: Eco, Standard, Power, Sports, Reverse
  • Increased carrying capacity on subframe
  • State-of-the-art software and onboard telemetry
  • Storage compartment in tank
  • Improved screen user interface with better visibility
  • USB charging port

Impact on Sustainability and Innovation

The partnership between Syokinet and Roam aims to provide technicians with reliable transportation for internet installation services, showcasing a commitment to sustainable practices. The Roam Air's home charging capability and flexibility in charging locations are crucial factors in Syokinet's choice of electric motorcycles.

Dionne Getata, Roam’s Sales Operations Manager, highlighted the collaboration's alignment with organizational product and sustainability goals. Ian Kasyoki, CEO of Syokinet, emphasized the importance of clean transport solutions in fostering innovation and creating opportunities for future innovators.