Africa’s Own Electric Bike, the $1,500 Roam Air

Affordable, lightweight and focused on utility, the Roam Air has a range of up to 180 km (111 miles) on a detachable pair of batteries. Designed, developed and manufactured in Kenya to meet the needs of rural and urban African riders.

purchased by african inhabitants 3.5 million new motorcycles in 2016and is expected to exceed 10 million per year by the early 2030s. As in many developing regions where public transport is inadequate, cheap and sturdy bicycles have become essential for commuter transport, delivery vehicles and motorbike taxis.

Nairobi-based Roam, which also manufactures electric buses, electric conversion 4X4s, and commercial and residential solar systems, has thus unveiled Air, homegrown, designed for the task and conditions. It’s a simple machine with a lightweight metal cradle frame, off-road capable wheels, inexpensive and cheery dual-shock suspension, ergonomic design, a two-seater bench seat, and a tough-looking rear luggage rack. increase.

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The motor has a maximum power output of 185 Nm (136 lb-ft), which is enough to reach the bike’s top speed of 90 km/h (56 mph) as the bike weighs only 135 kg (298 lb). 5 seconds. The bike can carry up to 220 kg (485 lbs) of passengers and cargo combined, and can go up to 90 km (56 miles) on a single 3.24 kWh battery, or double that using both can be moved.

The Air has 5 power modes, one of which is reverse. It provides a small storage compartment where the tank usually sits, and the battery is held in what appears to be a slim, padlockable latch. , especially since there are few carrying handles, so if you buy one, ask for an upgrade for that part.

Roam highly marketed the Air as being a money saver, with running costs so low for everyday riders that when bought with funds, the Air costs less per day than a comparable petrol-powered 150cc scoot. points out that it will soon become cheaper. In fact, the company has kept the prices of its electric bikes practically very low, with single-battery bikes costing him $1,500 and dual-battery versions costing him $2,050.

Is it a small padlock latch for the battery?it ain't gonna cut it

Is it a small padlock latch for the battery?it ain’t gonna cut it

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Roam said the first “limited production” series will start shipping later this year and will cost an additional $500. Production bikes he will start delivering in 2023.

Watch the video below.

Roam Air – The next generation electric motorcycle for Africa

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