Solar-E-Cycle, solar bike

About 600 million people live without access to electricity in rural parts of Africa, where they also face transportation constraints. In response to these two shortcomings, Solar-E-Cycle is being designed, a solar bike with at least 40 kilometers of range, which also serves as a source of energy for the home, producing up to 3 kWh of energy. electricity per day.

Roger Chirsten, development consultant in Africa for 25 years, has embarked on this project which he promotes through Solar-E-Cycle of Morocco. For the time being, has already secured funding for the construction of more than fifty E-Cycles for Kisumu, Kenya, where the results of the initiative will be tested.

The project is ambitious. The low-cost solar-powered bicycle made in Asia aims not only to provide millions of African citizens with affordable, sun-powered transportation, but also to address the energy shortage faced by many families.

Thus, Solar-E-Cycle makes it possible to travel over 40 kilometers solely with the energy of the sun which falls on the vehicle. With capacity to carry 3 people and luggage up to a total of 300 kilos, This bike also incorporates GPS / GSM technology, for energy management and vehicle tracking.

It allows “Take the children to school, access the Internet and download their lessons, pump and sterilize the water and supply energy to the refrigerator to keep the vaccines at the right temperature”. This is what the promoters say, who explain that this means of transport is also a generator set on wheels, capable of producing 3000 Wh per day. The design also has a surplus storage system.

Due to its ability to provide solutions to different key aspects for rural communities on the African continent, Solar-E-Cycle is specially designed for this group. This aspect makes the price a central element of innovation because, if it is too high, its potential beneficiaries will not be able to make use of it. At present, the company headed by Chirsten aims to the cost will be one dollar per day for the rental of the equipment.

At the same time, this transport system is also seeking to find its way into other niches, such as tourism in Africa. In this line, the Start Morocco is working to introduce E-Cycle in the tourism sector in Morocco and Kenya.

Although still in its infancy, this innovative company aims to move from the pilot project it is working on in Kenya to 200 similar initiatives within ten years. In the same period, in a decade, the company aims to build 67,000 solar electric cycles, with an investment of $ 90 million. In a moment of search for alliances to obtain funds, this company underlines in support of its initiative that the situation of fuel poverty will not decrease, so that by 2030, at least 16 inhabitants out of 100 of the planet will continue without access to electricity.

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