Remember Electric Africa is a non-profit organization dedicated to accelerating Africa’s transition to renewable energy and sustainable transportation. From the founder’s vision grew a for-profit organization called ThinkBikes Limited. ThinkBikes has begun shipping its locally produced electric tricycles to customers in Nigeria.
His electric tricycle, called the Alpha 1.0, is aimed at the thriving on-demand delivery and logistics industry. Over 90% of components are locally sourced, including the body, wheels and batteries. Only electric motors are imported. The battery packs are made from 18,650 reused/recycled cells, similar to other startups in this field such as B. Bodawerk in Uganda. Recycling cells from old laptops is another great example of how electronic mobility can enhance the circular economy. The company assembles battery packs from reused cells, which allows it to significantly reduce the cost of its products to a level that is affordable for its target market. Battery packs 0.80 kWh. The maximum engine power is 1.5 kW and the bikes have a range of 50 km when empty and 30 km when loaded.
ThinkBikes will also have a rental/subscription service where its customers can rent a bike on a daily, weekly or monthly basis. ThinkBikes will focus on remote monitoring. One of the biggest problems observed in this industry so far is the overloading of two and three wheels. It’s even common to see two-wheelers carrying multiple bags of cement. ThinkBikes’ focus on IOT-enabled information technologies, including payload weight data, hopes to track and reduce these issues.
Building on its work to promote the circular economy by recycling 18,650 cells to manufacture its own battery packs, ThinkBikes has also attracted several waste recycling companies as its customers. Recyclers go door to door collecting waste for recycling. Recyclers it works with include Givo, Chanda Datti, and Orange Strategy Recyclers. ThinkBikes has already received more than 100 orders for the tricycle and is under pressure to ramp up production to meet customer demand. “We are under a lot of pressure and we are excited about the interest in our products,” said Tolulope Olukokun, Founder and CEO of ThinkBikes.
ThinkBikes has also received recognition in the form of numerous awards, grants, and grants including:
- Siemens 5The tenth Second place in the Innovation Award 2021
- Savvy Product Innovation Award 2022
- 2second abbreviation 2nd Place in Climate Slope Launch (National Competition) 2021
- Top 18 (CLP Regional Finals)
- Top 16 (CLP World Semi-Final Rounds) 2021
- Top 10 (CLP World Grand Finals) 2021
The founder and CEO of ThinkBikes has also received numerous awards and grants, including:
- JCI 2020 honors ten outstanding young people from Nigeria
- Under 40 African Green Awards 2020
- Global Youth Climate Network (GYCN) Climate Ambassadors 2020
- Nigerian Institute of Mechanical Engineers (NIMECHE) Ibadan 2021 Merit Award
- Nigerian Society of Engineers (NSE) Ibadan Award for Excellence 2022
- Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2020
- Founder of Lagos Institute 2020
- Innovation Scholarship for Prospective Innovators and Researchers (IFair Fellow 2021/2022)
- Because the international fellow 2022
- African Change Maker Fellow 2020
- Africa LIB Fellow (2022)
Freight bikes are found much faster and cleaner than traditional delivery trucks in last mile logistics and distribution. ThinkBikes caters to the needs of small and medium-sized businesses in Nigeria’s thriving logistics and delivery industry. This includes farmers, agricultural processors, retailers and general traders. She has worked with many clients in Ibadan, Abuja, Lagos and Port Harcourt. The low operating costs of these electric tricycles and their ability to commute in crowded city centers has been a major factor in attracting interest. Really good to see locally produced electric mobility options. With the ever-increasing cost of gasoline, as well as the booming delivery and logistics industry for small last-mile packages, tricycles and electric bikes will play a major role in this field.
All photos provided by ThinkBikes
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