In a remarkable display of creativity and environmental consciousness, Professor Geoffrey Gitau of Zetech University has introduced an inventive electric motorcycle powered by repurposed laptop batteries.
This pioneering creation, known as ‘Eco-Mobilus,’ has drawn widespread attention for its sustainable approach to transportation and its potential to reshape mobility while addressing electronic waste issues.
‘Eco-Mobilus’ is a retrofitted electric motorcycle that relies on four battery packs composed of old laptop cells, coupled with a hub motor for propulsion.
This transformation of discarded laptop batteries into a power source for a motorcycle showcases the possibilities of recycling and repurposing technology components.
One standout feature of ‘Eco-Mobilus’ is its swift charging capability.
It takes a mere two and a half hours to attain a full charge, making it a convenient and efficient mode of transport.
Moreover, it offers substantial cost savings by reducing daily fuel expenses by up to 80%, an especially attractive proposition given the surge in fuel prices, notably during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The electric motorcycle also boasts an eco-friendly design.
When fully charged, it can travel up to an impressive 120 kilometers without emitting any sound or carbon dioxide, making it a sustainable alternative to conventional motorcycles and contributing to a cleaner, quieter environment.
Professor Gitau’s inspiration for this innovation stemmed from the soaring fuel prices triggered by the Covid-19 pandemic.
“I bought an abandoned motorcycle chassis, removed the petrol engine, and replaced it with a motor, and discarded laptop battery cells. I was motivated by the large amounts of e-waste that could be recycled and the huge potential for expansion and scalability in Kenya,” Prof Gitau said.
His vision encompassed both reducing electronic waste and harnessing the significant potential for expansion and scalability within Kenya’s transportation sector.
However, Professor Geoffrey Gitau acknowledges a substantial challenge in his endeavor. The absence of standardized motorbike frames in the market poses hurdles in adapting these vehicles to become e-mobile friendly.
Overcoming this obstacle will require innovative solutions and collaboration with the automotive industry to develop adaptable and sustainable e-vehicle designs.