Metro Africa Express, popularly known as Max.ng, is on the way to becoming the first ride-hailing company to offer customers electric motorbikes as an alternative to the fossil fuel-powered bikes (carbon monoxide, yuck!). The company has started the manufacturing of these electric bikes in Lagos.
The Chief Growth Officer of Max.ng, Chinedu Azodoh disclosed that the company intended to convert its gas engines to electric motorcycles. This transition would be assisted by some Electric Vehicle manufacturers.
Max.ng’s Chief Financial Officer, Bertrand Njoya, had stated some months back that the bike-hailing company was partnering with some Electric Vehicle manufacturers and also working with grid operators across Nigeria to deploy charging stations that enable the electric bikes to charge.
Max.ng began pursuing this path after securing $7 million from fundraising led by Kenya’s Novastar Ventures and backed by Japanese manufacturing company, Yamaha. A part of the fund is expected to go into the expansion of the company’s service across Nigeria.
The electric bike is called the ‘MAX E Series 1’. According to a report, the MAX E Series 1 will be much faster, smoother, noiseless and definitely safer for the environment. This move is in line with the United Nations environmental campaign that urges countries to adopt the use of alternative energy for vehicles.
“We’ve figured out a way to convert gas engine bikes to electric bikes. So that’s quite exciting. We are building out an entire system around that,” Azodoh said in the report.
What you should know: Before the end of the month, Max.ng plans to build 20-30 units locally before ending the production of the electric bikes and offering for customers’ use. The company also stated that charging stations were being set up. These electric bikes are expected to be cost-saving compared to the traditional Bikes in use.
Our question is, how would the charging of the bikes work with our unreliable power supply. Solar power maybe? Would the charging stations be enough? We’ll just wait and see.
Also, check out Why Everyone Should Have a Linkedin Profile.