Our Vision

Because we believe that we are borrowing the planet from our children, we want to play a part in shaping a sustainable future in our community. By minimising the use of non-renewable natural resources, Namibia – with its super sunny conditions – has the possibility of becoming the first carbon-neutral country in the world, independent from fuel, coal and electricity imports.

The SunCycles dream is to see to a future with:

  • more sustainable forms of energy and transport
  • free knowledge, skills and know-how transfer on e-mobility options
  • better access to vital facilities
  • employment and equal opportunities

When we started work on the SunCycle design, our goal was to develop an affordable electric bicycle, so that everyone can join us to cycle (faster) towards a more sustainable future.

This is still our main concern and we work hard to keep the SunCycle the most obvious option when making transport choices.

What We Do

SunCycles Namibia is a social enterprise that specialises in e-mobility and solar recharge systems. We are proud to be the first to make e-bike technology available to Namibians.

But, what is an e-bike? An electric bike is just like a normal bicycle, but better: the battery and motor provide the rider with plenty of extra support to go uphill or cover long distances, without the exhaustion. This not only saves the rider energy, but also time and money.

What’s more, electric bicycle batteries can be recharged, for free, by the Namibian sun. Our solar recharge systems provide plenty of energy in all sunny regions to keep your electric bicycle going, and your wallet happy.

Find information about our products here

Meet some of our happy SunCyclists and their retrofitted rides

SunCycle Projects

Frequently Asked Questions

  1. Cycling made easier

    An e-bike takes you much further than a regular bicycle without a motor, and that with much less effort or sweating. Hills, long stretches or hot weather are no longer big obstacles. Therefore e-bikes also make cycling more accessible to different groups, such as children, senior citizens and persons with disabilities. In addition to that, riding an e-bike requires no special training or expensive licenses.

    Cost reduction

    Cycling causes a reduction of both direct transport costs (e.g. petrol, insurance) and indirect costs (congestion, pollution, obesity). With a SunCycle you'll still have that extra cash by the end of the month that you otherwise would have used for taxi, petrol, car maintenance.

    Health and well-being

    Although SunCycles are equipped with an electric assistance, it is still necessary to pedal in order to move. That means one can still profit from all health benefits of cycling, such as better coordination and cardiovascular exercise, but with much less effort and over longer distances.

    Education

    Cycling offers children the opportunity to learn a skill for life. Cycling improves children's mental and physical health, increase their concentration levels, and reduce risks of obesity. A child that learns the benefits of cycling from an early age, also has higher chances of cycling more as an adult, which leads to less cars on the road, and contributes to the promotion of a healthier and more sustainable lifestyle.

    Environment

    In comparison with motorised vehicles, e-bikes produce almost zero CO2 emissions per km*, emit no bad odours, no particulate matter (PM), or other pollutants like nitrogen and sulphur oxides. E-bikes are also noiseless, and occupy much less space than a car or van. All these factors contribute to a more liveable, sustainable and safer planet.

    • Car - Petrol: 8 l/100 km: 200g CO2 / km
    • Car - Diesel: 4 l/100 km: 124g CO2 / km
    • Scooter - Petrol: 2 l/100 km: 50g CO2 / km
    • E-bike (including battery production): 5,4g CO2 / km

    See this further at: Fairkehr Magazin

    Cargo / Transport

    With e-cargo bikes it is often possible to transport loads heavier than 200 kg, and thanks to the electric motor, little effort is needed to do so. Europe has already managed to make the shift, and an EU-wide study found that 51% of all motorised private and commercial trips related to goods transport in cities had the potential to be shifted to trips by cargo-bikes. Now imagine the prospect with an e-cargo bike!

  2. SunCycles specialises in two truly Namibian products:

    • The Kalahar-e-Farmbike®: this smart and simple utility e-bike is our own, locally produced solution to rugged terrains, rural areas and farms, due to its robustness and smaller thorn-proof tires. This all rounder can also be used for commuting, as an e-taxi or for delivery services. Who needs a gas-guzzling, expensive 4x4, when you can have this quiet and agile little beauty, and all for less money than the latest smart phone?
    • SunCycles DIY conversion kit: Most bicycles can be converted into a SunCycle. We offer conversion kits that include battery, motor and display. You can install it yourself, or get it done with our help.

    Our conversion-friendly models include:

    • Fatbike: To discover the sandy side of Namibia, you need extra broad tyres to cruise easily on of loose sand. Our Fatbike come with sufficient torque and battery power.
    • Mountain bike: If you want to climb hills and enjoy the downhill part, a mountain bike is surely the best option.
    • Cruiser: A Cruiser is the perfect bike for a relaxing, but also stylish ride through the city, or the park. The upright sitting position offers you great stability and makes keeping an eye on traffic around you much easier. Seeing and been seen at its best.
  3. Yes, most SunCycles are equipped with a motor that is only activated by a sensor, which kicks in as soon as you start pedalling. But, no sweat, with the help of our powerful motors, you'll be able to reach longer distances and higher speeds with much less effort than with an ordinary bike.
  4. For safety reasons, our e-bikes are limited to 30 km/h.
  5. A battery charge will take you approximately 30-50km, and several factors will have an influence on the range of your e-bike, including:

    • level of motor assistance
    • tyre pressure
    • weight of the cyclist
    • terrain cycled on
    • age of the battery
  6. The best way to recharge your battery is at our SunWorkshop at the Village Complex in Windhoek. Here we rely on solar power to charge our batteries, and can do the same for you, completely free of charge.

    If you are not situated in Windhoek, we also provide solar recharge stations, tailor-made to suit your needs.

    And if all else fails, you can still recharge your battery with the given 220V AC charger at any power plug.

  7. Depending on your battery’s energy level, it will recharge at approximately 15km per hour, which means that you can expect a total charging time of between 4-5 hours.

    Batteries can be can recharged about 1 000 times before they start to lose their efficiency, so you can be guaranteed at least 10 000 - 15 000 km of happy rides.

    Once your battery has reached the end of its lifespan, you can bring it back to us, where we will supply you with a brand new one*.

    *We offer a refund of N$ 500 per battery, and new batteries start from N$ 6 500 each.

  8. SunCycles’ e-bikes are designed and made in Namibia, where after years of research and development, we have come to know what parts are needed to last in the tough local environment. We choose the best suppliers from all over the world to provide a long lasting, quality product. Plus, we provide a 6-month warrantee on parts*

    *See below.

  9. Your first bicycle service is on us! And, if you are eager to learn how to fix your SunCycle yourself, we will be more than happy to give you a crash-course in maintaining your bike in the future.

    We also offer a 6-month warranty on all electrical parts, including the motor. Unfortunately we do not cover bicycle body parts, or brakes, wires, and tyres.

    We suggest to bring your bicycle for a proper check-up between the first 500 – 1 000 km.*

    * Bikes need to be delivered to our SunWorskhop in Windhoek. Please contact us before delivering your bike.

  10. According to Namibia’s Road Traffic and Transport Regulations, the use of a helmet when riding a bicycle is mandatory. We therefore suggest you stay safe and abide by the regulations.

    Unfortunately we do not sell helmets, but there are many bicycle shops around the country that supply all the gear needed to ensure for a safe cycle.

Partners

Get in Touch

Get the SunCycle experience at our SunWorkshop in Windhoek!

Find us at the Village Complex, 19 Liliencron Street, Eros.

We have SunCycles for rent, for sale, or we can convert your existing bicycle into an electric solar machine.

SunCycles in the Media