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Uber Launches Its First Electric Motorbike Service in Kenya

Uber, a ride-hailing startup, has launched its first electric motorbike service in Kenya as part of its effort to make its worldwide platform emissions-free by 2040.

According to Kagiso Khaole, Uber’s general manager for Sub-Saharan Africa, the launch in Kenya will be followed later this year in Nigeria, Ivory Coast, Ghana, Uganda, Tanzania, and South Africa.

Within six months, 3,000 bikes, or little under a fifth of its fleet, will be part of Uber’s new environmentally friendly offering in Kenya, called Electric Boda, in homage to the Swahili word for motorcycle taxis.

Khaole said that the new bike comes with minimal vibrations and less sound.

According to the firm, consumers of the platform would pay 15-20% less than they would for a typical Uber motorbike trip, and drivers would experience a 30–35% reduction in operational costs.

Uber has already run small electric bike experiments in Kenya, which gets more than 90% of its energy from renewable sources and has been promoting itself as a centre to lead Africa’s transition to green transport.

Kenya has a large motorbike transportation industry that employs millions of individuals who are unable to find regular employment. By the end of 2024, Kenya’s President William Ruto stated he wanted to see more than 200,000 electric motorcycles on the road, up from the current 2,000.

Lack of suitable electric charging infrastructure and related equipment has hindered the expansion of the electric car market in Africa.

In order to save drivers time, local businesses have been establishing battery-swapping stations in big cities like Nairobi.


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