Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT) Dubai has joined forces with sustainable vehicle company, ONE MOTO, to develop a range of three innovative electric motorcycles that will transform last-mile transportation.
The project aims to expand the use of electric motorcycles in the delivery and logistics industry to help achieve the UAE Net Zero 2050 strategy. The new partnership will see the Engineering faculty and students collaborate on the research, design, fabrication and testing for the new electric vehicles.
The agreement between the two organisations was formalised with the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between RIT Dubai President, Dr. Yousef Al-Assaf and One Moto Founder and CEO, Adam Ridgway. Dr. Al-Assaf.
“Sustainability is one of the pillars on which RIT’s new campus was built. It is interwoven in our brand identity, and we are therefore committed to working on environmentally friendly projects that support the overall vision of this country. Our partnership with ONE MOTO represents how education and industry can collaborate to achieve the goals of the UAE,” said Al-Assaf.
The new project builds on a range of ongoing initiatives led by RIT Dubai to support the goals of the UAE 2050 environment strategy. The University’s Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Centre is already working on research projects with international companies and universities to explore the geothermal coupling of refrigeration systems, the creation of bio-fuels from palm waste, and the use of water from air harvesting.
Dr Ghalib Kahwaji, Chair of the Mechanical and Industrial Engineering Department, Principal Investigator of the Geothermal Coupling of Refrigeration Systems research, and lead for the Sustainability and Energy Efficiency Centre, sais: “The One Moto project is at the core of the sustainability research track at RIT. It will revolutionise the application of electric motorcycles in the delivery and logistics industry in the UAE and the region.”
“By helping to minimise the dependence on fossil fuels and reduce the carbon footprint of the country, it will speed up the progress towards net zero energy and pollution goals. This project will also serve as an excellent opportunity for industrial and entrepreneurial training for the students, readying them for the future job market.”
This country has been built on the belief that everything is possible and it’s clear the team at RIT share this sentiment. We are delighted to unite expertise to ensure we are collectively redesigning the way we move, from a position of sustainability, efficiency, data-driven wisdom and to ensure we embed our technology and innovation within the DNA of the UAE Government’s green initiatives. United we will demonstrate the UAE action before COP28 and work towards our mission, to electrify all last-mile vehicles in the UAE by 2024,” said Ridgeway.
The project will be conducted in the first-of-its-kind Smart Mobility and Innovation Centre, which will act as an iconic pillar of innovation within the region.
The new, iconic and industry changing electric motorcycles are expected to be adopted by individual commuters as well as last-mile delivery and logistics companies and are anticipated to go to market in the fourth quarter of 2022.