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Roam Air: Introduces low-cost e-bikes

The Roam Air can travel 56 miles on a single charge, can go 56 miles per hour, and is priced at $1,500, making it ideal for the intended Kenyan market. (roaming/)

In June, we brought you the first photos of our new lower prices. electric bike be able to Built by Kenyan-Swedish venture Roam. (previously known as Opibus), thanks to a registered design filed with the authorities of the European Union. Appeared as Roam Air with styling that is perfect for that image.

A bike that prioritizes simplicity and low cost above all else. Roam Air is for customers who want to get from point A to point B reliably and affordably, without rush or luxury. But the idea has already attracted significant investment, and even struck a deal with Uber to launch a two-wheeler ride-sharing service in Africa, and Roam is making headlines. time The magazine’s list of the 100 most influential companies of 2022.

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A second battery, shown here, doubles the range and reportedly adds another $550 to the Air's price.

A second battery, shown here, doubles the range and reportedly adds another $550 to the Air’s price. (roaming/)

The Roam Air’s final styling isn’t something that top Italian design houses quiver in their boots, but it’s a big step up from Roam’s first prototypes. They appeared to be made using set-square and flat-sheet steel sheets welded together to create a wedge-shaped “tank” section similar to the Tesla Cybertruck model. It promised a slice to the inside of my thigh if I braked too hard. Or if, in the quest for simplicity and low cost, these brakes were a little more substantial than cable-actuated drums. What at first looks like slots for labels is actually a digital display of the state of charge of each battery.

But while it’s easy to get a pot shot of the Roam’s very simple components and basic design, not to mention the paint that looks like it’s been brushed, this machine sells for just $1,500. Considering the facts, everything falls aside.

Utilitarianism or Utopia? In a region where two-wheelers are the norm, Roam Air aims to do both.

Utilitarianism or Utopia? In a region where two-wheelers are the norm, Roam Air aims to do both. (roaming/)

It will be difficult to find an electric assist bicycle of that level. But here’s a motorcycle with suspension, and in just five seconds from start he hits a top speed of 56 mph, and with a 3.24 kWh battery he packs him 56 miles on a single charge. Claims it can run. For $550 more, he gets a second battery that has a slot above the first battery and doubles his range. It also features four riding modes – Eco, Standard, Power and Sport – plus the ability to reverse at walking pace for easier parking. A 600W charger charges his battery in four hours when plugged into his 240V socket, standard in the country where the bike was first sold. It will work at 110V, but the charging time will inevitably be slower. In Kenya, where the bike was manufactured, Roam Air costs him just 8 cents to cover 10 kilometers (6 miles), compared to 25 cents for a fossil-fuel-fueled bicycle with comparable performance. is claimed to take

The first examples of Roam Air are expected to be delivered in Kenya by the end of this year. Mass production is scheduled for 2023, initially targeting the rest of Africa, but promised global delivery “soon.” The company currently operates a direct sales model, but is looking for distributors in other countries, as well as assembly and manufacturing partners to establish local production in new markets.

https://www.cycleworld.com/story/motorcycle-news/roam-air-low-cost-electric-bike-revealed/ Roam Air: Introduces low-cost e-bikes

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