By Jo Beckendorff
Given that completion of January, 3 freight bikes from the united state e-bike business Benno Bikes have actually remained in solar energy usage in the West African nation of Benin. As component of a wheelchair pilot task, Ibee Studer, a Swiss commercial design company focusing on the advancement, funding and also procedure of solar energy systems, delivered 3 Increase E energy longtails to Benin.
In West Africa, the Swiss solar professionals are currently purchasing solar-powered supply of water terminals, grain mills, electrical flexibility and also various other solar tasks run by companion firms. Given that motorbikes are presently one of the most previously owned methods of transportation in Benin (in the biggest city of Cotonou alone, there are around a hundred thousand motorcycles when traveling) and also their procedure sets you back approximately EUR2.71 per 100 kilometers in gas alone, the Swiss have actually done the mathematics: An e-bike, comparative, involves much less than 1 kilowatt hr on this course– and also prices EUR0.14.
The Increase E freight longtails were gotten at the port of Lomé on Jan. 22. In the town of Comé, they were after that spruced up by a proficient bike auto mechanic. Given that there was no electrical power in his workshop, Ibee Studer acquired the power for the very first battery cost without additional trouble from a mobile phone debt supplier.
One bike’s first trip took it to a ranch where diesel-powered pumps had actually formerly been made use of for watering. On the other hand, the regional solar professional had the ability to set up a brand-new solar pump and also a photovoltaic panel. On the other hand, he additionally makes use of an e-bike for his setup excursions.
Whether one more e-bike moved to Cotonou can be rented out to a food distribution solution for an everyday cost of EUR2.71 or made use of to market photovoltaic or pv tools continues to be to be seen. Regardless, it will certainly change everyday motorbike taxi trips.
Ibee Studer intends to import even more Benno energy bikes. The very first 3 examination designs have actually currently revealed that they were really sufficient on the sand tracks, additionally many thanks to the effective electrical motor and also thick 24-inch tires. Despite having a trailer, they rode well and also securely with every sand opening.
The particular niche e-bike brand name Benno Bikes was started a couple of years earlier by previous Electra Team founder Benno Baenziger (Electra and also Townie brand names; currently possessed by Trip Team). The European market is mostly covered by Benno Bikes Swiss GmbH in Appenzell.
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