Uber launches electric boda bodas & bicycles in Kenya

KENYA – Tech company Uber, has launched electric boda bodas and bicycles for drivers on UberBoda, Uber Connect and Uber Eats in Kenya, a first for Uber in Sub-Saharan Africa.

The launch of electric Boda Bodas will offer an affordable and reliable manner of transportation within the city and will enable customers to select a zero-emissions ride to help drive a green recovery.

Using electric UberBoda will cost the same as a regular journey.

The launch of electric boda presents a 45% reduction in overall costs for UberBoda and Uber Connect drivers, for whom fuel is the most significant operating cost. In Kenya, the boda boda sector employs over 1.6 million youths, the vast majority of which are based in Nairobi.

“We are doing our part to help transform mobility in the country so that Kenyans can play their part in reducing carbon emissions. Uber is continuously looking for ways to improve the customer experience, and we have a responsibility to invest in offering product innovations that make a difference to cities. We believe this collaboration will do just that,” said Brian Njao, Head of East Africa for Uber.

With consumers being environmentally and health-conscious, it is important for Uber Eats to be part of the journey.

The introduction of electric Boda Bodas can allow consumers to order their favourite meals while giving them peace of mind that their food is delivered in transportation with low emissions.

“We are doing our part to help transform mobility in the country so that Kenyans can play their part in reducing carbon emissions”

Brian Njao – Head of East Africa, Uber

In addition, Uber Connect deliveries will also be done using the newly launched electric motorcycles and bicycles.

“Uber Eats has grown exponentially across Kenya, with the app being available in Mombasa, Nakuru, and Nairobi, which means more delivery people on the road. Providing electric Boda Bodas to delivery people means that transportation emissions can be cut drastically, says Nadeem Anjarwalla, General Manager of Uber Eats in Kenya.

Uber has reiterated its commitment to actively work with cities to introduce eco-friendly products to decrease air pollution, reduce urban congestion, and increase access to clean transportation modes.

The taxi hailing company follows its competitor in Kenya, Bolt, which in March 2021, introduced a new ride category on its platform dubbed Bolt Green to offer eco-friendly rides as the company moves towards reducing its greenhouse gas emissions.

Bolt Green have hybrid and electric cars in which it aims to reduce emissions during trips taken on the Bolt platform thus offering greener transport options.

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