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Launching the first ever assembly plant of electric powered motorcycles dubbed “Scooty” in Ethiopia, India-based Balaaji Manufacturing PLC has turned its focus to engine bikes as the market is sluggishly responding to the ecofriendly scooters.
Establishing an assembly plant around Legetafo, 22km northeast of Addis Ababa, two years ago, the motorbike makers have invested some 50 million birr to launch an assembly line of 300 units per month with possibilities of further expansion. According to Vikas Aggarawal, director of Balaaji Manufacturing PLC, the market for scooters looked promising despite challenges of penetrating the market.
The director said that affordability was not an issue. The maximum price of the scooters was 25,000 birr per depending on the model. And yet Aggrawal said that it needs more time to establish a wide range of scooter-friendly customers in Ethiopia.
According to the statement of the company, the scooters eco-friendliness is expressed in terms of no noise pollution or vibration. They also run on maintenance-free batteries, stability alarm (remote control), push button starts, auto lock and voice alert locking system for parking. These are some of the features which Agrrawal and his colleagues believe are unique to that line of business in the country. These electric bikes run at about 60km/h and a one charge of six-to-eight-hours enables a ride of over 60km.
In the face of all that, the manufacturer has now reoriented its focus on assembling fuel engine powered motorbikes, mostly eyeing the rural parts of the country as demand for two-wheelers is currently increasing. The prices of fuel bikes, according to Aggrawal, range between 45,000 to 60,000 birr. Hence, Balaaji is geared to supplying more of such motor bikes with the capacity of 150cc power.