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Kenya Uber drivers are gonna rock down to electric avenue


Kenya Uber drivers are gonna rock down to electric avenue

Uber drivers to have access to finance to buy motorbikes made by Opibus, who convert petrol and diesel to electricity

Antony Sguazzin

Uber drivers in Kenya will have the opportunity next year to purchase 3,000 electric motorcycles, made by start-up Opibus, to transport passengers around congested cities such as Nairobi. 

The vehicles will be priced at $1,400 (R22,452) each and drivers will be offered finance to buy them through Uber’s platform, Opibus said on Tuesday. 

The electric motorbikes, the first made in Africa, have running and maintenance costs that are 60% lower than internal combustion vehicles, Opibus said. The programme represents a step up by the two companies to try to cut emissions in the East African country, which has 1.6-million registered motorcycles. ..

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