A startup based in Dubai is accelerating to launch its first electric motorcycles, designed and developed in the United Arab Emirates, by the end of September.
Adam Ridgway, CEO of One Moto, told TechRadar Middle East in an exclusive that he and his partner in the UK have been developing electric scooters: Electa for commuter trains (a vintage Vespa model) , Byka for the delivery market and Commuta (more designed for the European market). There are also two Emiratis as partners.
“We intend to change the landscape of logistics delivery. We have designed these bicycles and we also have a range of package delivery vehicles planned for next year.
Ridgway believes there are about 12,000 bicycles on the road in the United Arab Emirates and the average cost of a gasoline bike is between 8,000 AED and 11,000 AED. and the cost of the delivery box above.
"If an average rider travels about 100 km per day, he spends on average around AED 7,500 in fuel each year and AED 150 in service and maintenance cost, in addition to queuing. At service stations. therefore, the average investment is approximately 25,000 AED during the first year.
Without Salik and registration fees  The largest Ridgway said that the advantage of an electric bicycle is that a user does not have to pay Salik and should not pay registration fees as part of government incentives.
"The only main reason why We develop the bicycle is to be environmentally friendly. After the plane, a gasoline motorcycle is more harmful than an SUV and a saloon car.
According to a study by the University of California at Berkeley, motorcycle emissions are much lower than those of SUVs. A sports motorcycle can be responsible for 1.5 times the total greenhouse gas emissions of a typical SUV during the life of the vehicles.
"We have obtained ESMA approval [Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology] recently. ESMA introduced us to GSO [GCC Standardisation Organisation] in Saudi Arabia." We have been working with government organizations, including RTA, to obtain the necessary approvals to put bicycles on the road ", he said.
In addition, Ridgway said that bicycles are designed by a team of motorcyclists who understand vehicles, the way a cyclist rides and the conditions in which the cyclist rides.
" Magic It is the fusion of all this knowledge in intelligence. specific for pilots, "he said.
However, he said that bicycles are assembled in China and plan to assemble them in the UAE at a later stage.
Normal three-pin plug 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 that bicycles will be launched in the United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the moment. In the United Arab Emirates, will be officially launched 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 arrived at the design and R&D of One Moto, one of Things were convenient. The way we designed the battery is through an input and output method. A customer can buy several batteries and have one in the office and another in the house to charge. The biggest disadvantage for electric vehicles is charging stations. We wanted to make sure that we take the trouble of the user. The battery can be charged from any three-pin socket, "he said.
Bicycles have a capacity of 85 km per hour, including three gear systems to conserve the battery. The battery gives a lifespan of between 90 km and 150 km The full charge takes between four and six hours and 80% charge in one hour.