Companies open market with products that contribute to the conservation of the environment and sustainable mobility in the cities of the country. Aware of the need for sustainable mobility, especially in large cities, initiatives that point to the commercialization of vehicles friendly to the environment arise.
In addition, citizens seek speed and ease to travel through cities, increasingly congested by traffic and vehicle pollution. One of the companies that aims to solve this problem is Eride, which assembles electric motorcycles with 60% of its parts manufactured in the country. This type of bikes is classified by the National Transit Agency (ANT) as bicycles, so for now they do not need a license plate, license plates or road permits.
In addition, they can travel along cycle paths, sidewalks or share streets with other vehicles, because it reaches a maximum speed of 35 kilometers per hour. The lithium battery of these bikes, which can be purchased with custom designs, has a range of 70 kilometers and for its total charge requires a five-hour connection. Charging an Eride has a minimum consumption impact, since the increase in the electricity bill is an average of $ 7 per month if the load is made every two days. Diego Vizcaíno, manager of Eride, explained that this project started two years ago, but they went on sale just four months ago. The rest of the time they have been looking for suppliers of some parts, such as batteries, and testing the initial prototypes.
With an average value of $ 2,300, 70 motorcycles were sold and another 120 were distributed to a major trading company in the country. The company had an average income of about $ 160,000 during the last quarter of 2017 and its outlook for 2018 is to grow by at least 40%.
To achieve this goal, one of the main markets to which the company aims is the Galapagos Islands, where the entry of combustion vehicles was already restricted. For this reason, Eride becomes an attractive option for mobilization in the archipelago. “It is important to raise awareness with the issue of pollution. Precisely that is the spirit behind this company. We are contributing to take care of the planet and this project; in a certain way, it is a grain of sand for that purpose “, emphasized Vizcaíno.
ElectroBike, another sustainable mobility option
ElectroBike was a project that was born in Mexico to solve problems such as the long time taken by transfers from one place to another by traffic; the cost of parking lots; high fuel costs and, above all, environmental pollution.
The franchise arrived in the country in October 2016; By the end of 2017, about 800 electric bicycles were sold, evidencing a significant opening in the Ecuadorian market, leaving an average income of approximately $ 600,000. Andrés Mesías, commercial director of ElectroBike Ecuador, indicated that bicycles arrive from Mexico pre-assembled and in Ecuador the last adjustments are made to go on sale. However, now they are looking for suppliers that allow the company to assemble bicycles in the country. “The bicycle is a tool that allows sustainable mobility and with the inclusion of an electric motor you can make longer journeys. It is a technology that increasingly has more space in the country and goes hand in hand with the national policy of promoting the consumption of clean energy. ” (I)