Nopia Ride, Kenya’s first ever full electric mobility service is now in the taxi hailing market.
Launched by Finnish firm EkoRent Africa, the company hopes to grow the number of vehicles to several hundred by the end of the year.
The electric vehicles are environment friendly and the move in line with the United Nation Goals for Sustainable Development.
Head of Public Health Dr Ombacho lauded the move saying: “I am happy to see Kenya continue to play her part particularly in the pursuance of sustainable and clean energy.”
Nopia’s electric cars are not only eco-friendly but also low in life cycle carbon footprint. In total, batteries of electric vehicles can be used for about 10-15 years and even after the power capacity of the batteries declines for driving purpose, they can still be used for years for example as home energy storage.
According to EkoRent founder and CEO Juha Suojanen, Nairobi can benefit from Nopia electric ride service that helps in solving the increasing emission and urban transportation challenges while creating jobs for the populace.
Nopia pricing model is designed to be low for the passengers and fair and economically sustainable for the drivers.
Riders can book rides using the Nopia mobile app now available for download.
Customers will also be able to pay for their rides using cash or the embedded MPesa Xpress functionality.
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