Kenya: Electric Motorcycle Startup Set To Launch In Nairobi With Rent-To-Own Model


Aug. 31, 2020, 4:21 p.m.

Ecobodaa, a Kenyan electric motorcycle taxi startup is set to launch in Nairobi, Kenya.

This is to enable the youth to obtain their own electric motorcycles to beat unemployment and poverty in Kenya’s informal settlements.

The startup is working on a lease-to-own model to help its riders own the electric-powered motorcycles on rent-to-own terms through daily or weekly payments via M-Pesa, a mobile money transfer service in Kenya.

Ecobodaa, built by Kenyan engineers Kimosop Chepkoit and Stephen Juma, is currently rolling out battery swap stations in Kibera, Kenya’s largest slum in readiness for its October launch.

Chief Executive Officer of Ecobodaa, Kimosop said that, “As a strategy to launch and serve the mobile under-served, we have shortlisted, vetted, and trained women bodaboda riders in Kibera who will then benefit from our initial batch of Ecobodaas.“ We are proud to say that we have a product that we believe will start an e-mobility revolution in the most common mode of last mile transport in East Africa.”

He added that the Ecobodaas are designed from data obtained from popular combustion engine motorcycles. The team aggregated data from sensors installed in over 50 combustion engine boda bodas for over a year. This enabled them to fully understand the behavior of motorcycle taxi riders as well as motorcycle usage.

Ecobodaa gathered data such as daily mileage, average speeds, fuel consumption, average distance per trip, and hours of operation. This enabled them to build their product from a point of knowledge.


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