SunCycles Namibia

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SunCycles Namibia: Access to affordable e-mobility and electrizity via solar powered E-Bikes

Windhoek, NamibiaWindhoek, Namibia
Year Founded:
2014
Organization type: 
hybrid
Project Stage:
Start-Up
Budget: 
$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

E-Mobility is the future tranport. SunCycles Namibia gives low income population access to afffordable and sustainable e-mobility and electricity solutions by solar powered e-bikes, the most efficient way of moving people and goods.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

What if access to labour and goodsmarkets is not depending on income?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

87% of the population in Namibia doesn’t own a car; 25% of income is spent on transport; 15% of income is spent on electricity. The average distance travelled by a student/commuter is between 20-30 km /day. The use of normal bikes is not appropriate because of the hills and the heat. Because there is limited public transport, taxis are the main mode of transport nad a sustainable and affordable tranport system is missing.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

Solar powered E-Bikes can give people access to labour and good markets as well as access to health and education facilities. The costs of a solar E-Bike is around 1/30 the price of a taxis per km. Besides the battery can be used to power basic electric items in off-grid areas like light and communication.
Sustainability

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The saving for the individualls by using E-Bikes can be used to pay it off within 1,5 years. Additional cashflow is created by tourists renting E-Bikes.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

solar powered E-Bikes are new to Namibia.
Team

Founding Story

Windhoek is one of the best places for photovoltaic systems (2000kWh/kWp*Year) in the world. No public transport system, all is done by taxis. E-Bike technology is the most efficient way of moving.

Team

Marita van Rooyen, Founder, Full-Time Bernhard Walther, founder, Full-Time