ONE MOTO and RIT Dubai launch the UAEs first Smart Mobility and Innovation Centre

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4 min readJul 21, 2022

Partnership aims to revolutionise last-mile transportation

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 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.

RIT Dubai Innovation Week with HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum

The ground-breaking 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 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, Mr. Adam Ridgway. Dr. Al-Assaf remarked, “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.”

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 Center is already working on research projects with leading 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 Center, is among the RIT Dubai faculty involved in this latest initiative. He said, “The One Moto project is at the core of the sustainability research track at RIT. It will revolutionize the application of electric…

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