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Jumia switches to electric bicycles for deliveries in Kenya


Jumia Kenya will from today start using electric bicycles to amplify its logistics capacity for delivery. The e-commerce leader has partnered with eBee Africa to launch a fleet of electric bicycles in what the two companies say is to help save costs for riders and consumers, while also reducing CO2 emissions in Nairobi.

Currently, Jumia’s fleet comprises fuel-based motorbikes. 100s of them are on the road every day to deliver products to our customers. The decision to switch them with E-bicycles  Jumia says is consistent with its effort to be an environmentally conscious organization.

“The most exciting thing about e-bicycles & EVs more generally, is that they make business sense! It’s a win-win for society and the bottom line. This pilot with eBee is the beginning of a conscious push across Africa into EVs. We hope we can play a part, as early adopters, in speeding up the penetration of the industry in Africa” said Jumia Services Country Manager, Ankur Agarwal

The move will yield cost reductions, which will eventually flow through into lower delivery fees for consumers, as well as higher incomes for riders. E-bicycles do not consume fuel and have lower maintenance costs compared to ordinary motorcycles.

The E-bicycles are equipped with a powerful electric motor and battery that can last an entire day of deliveries after a 4-hour charge. eBee Africa will also offer special rates for Jumia’s logistics partners as the two companies encourage the uptake of eco-friendly modes of transport.

“eBee Africa provides the electric solution to mass transportation in rapidly-growing African cities. By partnering with Jumia, we aim to facilitate their deliveries in Nairobi using an end-to-end 0 emission transport network. Providing affordable, worry-free, and clean mobility contributes to our mission to empower every man and woman to do business and to be in charge of their future. Our audacious goal is having 1 million ebees on the road in Sub-Saharan Africa by 2030,” said eBee Africa Managing director, Olivia Lamenya.

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Nixon Kanali

Tech journalist based in Nairobi. I track and report on tech, business and African startups. Founder and Editor For TechTrendsKE. Nixon is also the East African tech editor for Africa Business Communities. Send tips to nkanali@techtrendske.co.ke.

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