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Innovation of the Day: Electric motorcycles backed by solar battery-swapping


  • Zembo Motorcycles, a Ugandan startup, is addressing urban air pollution by providing electric motorcycle taxis.

  • The e-motorcycles use a battery swapping system, allowing riders to quickly exchange depleted batteries for fully charged ones at solar-powered or grid-powered stations.

  • This system eliminates the need for lengthy recharging times and reduces the reliance on fossil fuels.

  • The switch to electric motorcycles could save up to 100 million tons of CO2 emissions annually.

Key Takeaway:

Zembo Motorcycles is offering a sustainable and affordable solution for public transportation in Uganda, addressing the issues of air pollution and fuel price instability while providing a viable alternative to traditional boda bodas.


The adoption of electric vehicles is growing globally, and Zembo Motorcycles' battery swapping model is a promising approach to overcome charging infrastructure challenges, especially in regions with limited access to reliable electricity.


Zembo Motorcycles' initiative has the potential to significantly reduce carbon emissions and improve air quality in urban areas. The pay-as-you-go system and battery swapping stations make electric motorcycles more accessible and convenient for drivers, contributing to the growth of electric mobility in Uganda.

Implications for Brands:

  • Sustainability Focus: Businesses should prioritize sustainable solutions and explore innovative approaches to reduce their environmental impact.

  • Adapting to Local Needs: Companies should tailor their products and services to meet the specific needs and challenges of the local market.

  • Promoting Electric Mobility: Brands can play a role in raising awareness about the benefits of electric vehicles and supporting the transition to cleaner transportation options.

  • Investing in Infrastructure: Companies can contribute to the development of charging and battery swapping infrastructure to accelerate the adoption of electric vehicles.

  • Collaboration: Partnerships between startups like Zembo Motorcycles and established companies can help scale up sustainable solutions and drive positive change in the transportation sector.


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