Hitches & Glitches Adds First Electric Motorbike to Home Maintenance Fleet
Dubai-based smart and green maintenance specialist Hitches & Glitches (H&G), part of the Farnek Group, has added its first electric motorbike to the company’s home maintenance fleet. The motorbike will support its environmental goals and help ascertain how much more cost-effective and efficient they are compared to their conventional saloon cars.
Explaining, Kelvin Vargheese, Director, H&G, commented: “Electric motorbikes are a cost-effective and efficient way of supporting our residential customers. There is no petrol to buy, and with no oil, there are fewer moving parts meaning servicing costs are lower.
“With top speeds of up to 130 kmh, these motorbikes can cover considerable distances in less time than an average saloon car, especially when navigating their way through congested roads during peak hour traffic. This offers our customers quicker call out times in general, rapid response to emergencies and potentially more call-outs per day, all without increasing air pollution.
“Indeed, the reason that we originally wanted to go electric was the fact that we could save approximately 14 metric tonnes of carbon emissions, per e-motorbike over a 12-month, period assuming total travel of around 90,000km. In addition, there is virtually no noise pollution compared with conventional motorbikes.”
According to research, the current value of the global electric motorcycle and scooter market is growing at more than 7% per annum and will be worth over US$14 billion, within the next six years. That forecast has undoubtedly been accelerated by the pandemic, as the demand in major cities around the world for last-mile deliveries has grown exponentially.
With an ever-present eye on efficiency and sustainability, H&G has taken the concept of the e-Cargo bikes one stage further and adapted it to their business model. H&G chose the Zero DSR – Black Forest model, made in Santa Cruz, California, which has an urban range of 250km before recharging its lithium-ion battery, which takes just two hours at a level 2 charge station.
Fortunately, as parent company Farnek already has an electric car, H&G has access to a charger at its Dubai HQ. Alternatively, it can be charged overnight in any 120-volt, household electrical socket.
The Black Forest model also offered H&G the option of a full set of premium aluminium lockable top and side hard cases, which can easily store an array of tools required for regular home maintenance jobs. It also has a large touring saddle, complemented by an adjustable windscreen and handguards, for added comfort and safety.
H&G currently employs over 1,000 employees and services more than 5,000 customers throughout the UAE. Although predominantly earmarked for urban environments, the motorbike is equipped with LED auxiliary light designed for off-road use, which will be useful should H&G’s technicians have to visit villas that are slightly off the beaten track.