First two-wheel EV-unit to be sold in East African market

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Production and delivery to ARC Ride to start in 2023

Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd. (Global Headquarters: Toyohashi-city, Aichi, Japan; President and CEO: Hiroshi Otsuka, “Musashi”) has received an order for a two-wheel EV-Unit which applies for electric motorcycles assembled by ARC Ride, a startup based in Kenya. Production and delivery of the parts are scheduled to begin in 2023.This is Musashi’s first EV-Unit launch in the East African market.

■Two-wheel EV-Unit introduction video
▲Motor unit with integrated gearbox for electric motorcycles

There are three factors that need to be addressed in the electrification of motorcycles: traveling distance, noise, and cost. Out of these aspects, weight and the transmission efficiency play a major role in driving distance, while gear precision plays a similar role in noise. Musashi's two-wheel EV unit has achieved both thinness and lightness by integrating the motor and the gearbox together. Furthermore, high transmission efficiency and low noise have been achieved by implementing Musashi's advanced gear processing know-how. In terms of the cost, the design can be applied in models with different tyre sizes by simply changing the gears and arms, without changing the motor or the inverter, thus reducing development costs.

By accelerating the promotion of electric motorcycles, Musashi will contribute to the realization of a carbon-neutral society and a prosperous global society where people and the environment are in harmony.

【About ARC Ride】
ARC Ride is a leading African EV company with an assembly plant in Nairobi, Kenya. It has created an EV ecosystem that supports the transition to clean energy mobility systems. ARC Ride designs, builds and assembles Electric 2 wheelers and 3 wheelers as well as a proprietary battery swapping and management platform. ARC Ride enables existing first and last mile transport solutions to go electric and empower a new generation of commuters to embrace personal E-mobility. We are at the forefront of the E-mobility revolution sweeping across Africa.

【About Musashi】
Musashi Seimitsu Industry Co., Ltd. is a global auto parts Tier1 company for automobiles and motorcycles, whose headquarters is located in Toyohashi, Japan. It has 35 manufacturing sites spreading across Europe, North and South America, China, and South East Asia. Musashi specializes in designing, developing and manufacturing products such as Differential Assemblies, Transmission Gears and Assemblies, and Linkage and Suspension (L&S) products especially for the future automobiles including electric and autonomous vehicles. Musashi is also generating and expanding new businesses through open innovation with global startups to contribute to the SDGs in wider business domains. MusashiAI, a leading-edge AI technology subsidiary to lead Industry 4.0, is one of the examples.
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