Stimaboda has launched in Kenya to provide a charging service for electric moto-taxis in Kenya and enable moto-taxi drivers to switch to electric motorcycles, and benefit from lower fuel costs.
Stimaboda adds that the move introduces more powerful motorcycles, creating less vibrations, pollution and CO2 emissions on Kenyan roads.
Founded by Fatou Diagne, CEO, Jason Gras, COO and Emile FULCHERI, CTO, Stima or Stimaboda is a startup aiming at unlocking electric mobility in Africa. Stimaboda says Kenya is the perfect place to switch to electric motorcycles and reduce oil imports, air pollution, and CO2 emissions.
Stimaboda develops convenient and affordable charging solutions for electric moto-taxis in Kenya. It’s set to build a network of battery swapping stations to provide drivers with an unlimited urban autonomy range while ensuring significant savings on their daily fuel expenses.
The startup makes sense because moto-taxis are among the most intensive riders with 100+ km driven per day.
“By switching to electric motorcycles, they can be among the greatest beneficiaries of electric mobility advantages: lower fuel cost, lower maintenance cost, more powerful and comfortable motorcycles, less vibration and noise, no exhaust fumes. Moreover, Kenyan electricity is at 80% sourced from renewable energies. Having electric motorcycles powered by hydro and geothermal resources means reducing their life-cycle CO2 emissions by a factor 4,” said the firm.
Bodawerk, a Ugandan based engineering, and innovations company launched to build e-mobility solutions for motorcyclists, persons of disability and farmers as well as the battery recycling and production department to reuse and recycle electronic waste in form of Li-ion batteries or automotive wiring looms.
According to Jakob Hornbach, Bodawerk, in East Africa, the motorcycle is the main mode of transportation for people and goods. The motorcycle is mainly used because it’s quick, convenient and efficient. However, it presents major challenges not only for cyclists but on the environment too.