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UAE-based mobility startup challenges international sustainability adventurer to journey across 7 emirates on e-bike without single charge

UAE-based mobility startup challenges international sustainability adventurer to journey across 7 emirates on e-bike without single charge
29 Nov 2023 10:01

ABU DHABI (ALETIHAD) - TERRA TECH Ltd. (Terra), a UAE-based mobility startup and the first in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA) region to offer a line of electric motorbikes and battery-swapping solutions, recently challenged the traveller, adventurer, and Guinness World Records holder Ali Abdo, to facilitate the last stage of his “Ride to COP28” where he journeyed across all seven emirates using Terra’s electric motorbike without a single charge.

The initiative aimed to raise awareness of Terra’s battery-swapping solutions offered to last-mile delivery businesses and eco-friendly communities leading to COP28. Abdo accepted the challenge to embark on the trip by riding Terra’s electric motorbike, and began his journey in Abu Dhabi on November 25.

He completed his trip by arriving at Expo City Dubai in time for the first day of COP28 without a single charge by utilising the unique battery-swapping concept, which demonstrated the motorbike’s durability and battery swapping feasibility to achieve emissions-free rides.

Terra is a pioneer in electric vehicle technology and the first in the region to provide a battery-swapping and recharging platform along with a line-up of electric vehicles, enabling riders to exchange batteries at their extensive network of swapping stations seamlessly while optimising last-mile delivery and promoting environmental sustainability. Abdo is a sustainability ambassador and environmental activist in the MENA region.

He also holds a number of world records; such as “World’s longest journey on an electric motorcycle”, which he completed in Egypt for his “Ride to COP27” and “The greatest distance on an electric motorcycle in 24 hours”. Also, he is the first Arab to achieve a Guinness World Record on an electric vehicle.

Abdo’s Ride to COP28 was executed under the auspices of the Presidency of the COP27 Summit, the Egyptian Ministry of Youth and Sports, the Egyptian Ministry of Environment, in cooperation with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) and the Earth’s Climate for Sustainable Development Foundation.

Abdo set off on October 1 from the Arab Republic of Egypt, heading towards the COP28 conference held in the United Arab Emirates, while also passing through the Kingdom of Jordan, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, and the State of Qatar. Commenting on this adventure, Husam Zammar, Founder and Managing Director of Terra mentioned: “As a mobility startup based in the UAE with a revolutionary vision for electric mobility, we are pleased by Abdo’s acceptance of our challenge. We look forward to being a part of Abdo’s continued journey and showcasing the potential of renewable energy in transforming how businesses execute deliveries. We aim to prove how enduring our electric motorbikes and battery-swapping concepts are and to build trust among the general public to facilitate faster adoption of more renewable methods of transport.”

Similarly, Abdo commented: “My experience with the Terra electric bike during my journey in the United Arab Emirates was truly remarkable. I did not need to stop to charge throughout the entire trip. This enabled me to cover a greater daily distance and save time that would typically be spent on regular charging operations, thereby emphasising the importance of transitioning to sustainable transportation to reduce emissions and preserve the environment. My journey to the COP28 conference is part of the ‘The Ride to 2030’ initiative that combines the allure of travelling on electric bikes with awareness-raising activities for sustainable development goals in the MENA region.”

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