The introduction of electric boda reduces total costs by 45 percent for Uber Boda and Uber Connect drivers, whose most important operational expense is diesel. The boda boda industry in Kenya employs over 1.6 million young people, the vast majority of whom are based in Nairobi.
Uber’s Head for East Africa, Brian Njao said “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”.
Uber Eats going green reinforces the confidence of customers at a time when more people are becoming health conscious. With the introduction of electric BodaBodas, customers will be able to order their favourite meals while knowing that they will be delivered in low-emission vehicles. Uber Connect deliveries will also be made on electric motorcycles and bicycles, which were recently unveiled.
“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 BodaBodas to delivery people means that transportation emissions can be cut drastically” says Nadeem Anjarwalla, General Manager of Kenya’s Uber Eats.
Uber will continue to collaborate with cities to implement environmentally friendly goods in order to reduce air pollution, traffic congestion, and access to clean transportation modes.