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We as the First African Bicycle Information Organisation (FABIO) are dealing with the question of making transport more sustainable and cleaner without losing any comfort. For many transport scenarios the solution is quite simple: using the good old bicycle as a reliable, cheap and clean means of transport.

Nonetheless, a normal bicycle can also have some disadvantages. Slower speed, higher physical effort and less coverage of distance are some of them. For example, in the last years, there has been an increasing number of bicycle Boda Bodas around Jinja and Iganga, but due to the previously mentioned problems these drivers were only able to charge half of the price of their motorised colleagues even though they were facing a higher physical effort. This is the reason why FABIO, in cooperation with organisations from Germany and India, developed, manufactured and launched a promising solutionthe first E-Bike designed especially for the needs of subsaharan Africa: The AfricroozE.

An E-Bike is a normal bicycle which is supported by an electrical motor. Higher speed and range, less effort for the driver, higher load capacity but still no direct emissions are only some of the benefits of this combination of a bicycle and an electric vehicle. The batteries can be charged by electrical energy e.g., coming from solar panels at the loading stations in Jinja and Iganga.

On Friday 11 of March 2022, a first hundred of these AfricroozEs were launched in Jinja under high public attention. Special guests as the deputy prime minister Rebecca Alitwala Kadaga and the German ambassador Matthias Schauer emphasized the role of the bicycle and the AfricroozE for the mobility of the future. Since then, FABIO and its partners were able to distribute over 200 more electric bicycles in Uganda that serve different purposes. The projects concern mobility, health, business improvement and tourism. In the handover events the beneficiaries are introduced into the usage of the bike and also security rules in the traffic.

The long term goal of the African E-Bike project is to spread the idea of sustainable E-Mobility in Uganda and the whole African continent. The project is supported by KfW of the German government and FABIO is strongly cooperating with the European Institute for Sustainable Transport (EURIST). For more information also check out the AfricroozE website.

The AfricoozE

Speed 30 km / h
Range 40 km, fully loaded
Load capacity 120 kg
Design HNF Nicolai and FABIO
Manufacturing Hero Cycles
Assembly FABIO

The Beneficiaries

Our beneficaries are spread all over the Busoga sub region: Bicycle Boda Bodas and delivery bikes, bicycle ambulances, water carriers, cargo-bikes. The uses for the AfricroozE are very versatile and due to their durable manufacturing perfectly adapt to our beneficaries needs.


A pilot project from 2017 already allows a little inside on the impact of the E-Bikes. Three E-Bikes were used by up to 12 users each of which 86% realised a strong increase of their income. The bikes covered a distance of 20 to 30 kilometres every day. By covering more distance within a shorter time beneficiaries were also able to spend more time in the fields and with their families meaning a better social and economic livelihood. Conclusions of the project started in 2022 and will be available in time. Already now we get lots of good direct feedback from our beneficiaries.