KENYA’S FIRST FULLY ELECTRIC CAB SERVICE SUCCESSFULLY ZOOMS PAST ITS PILOT PHASE TO SCALABILITY PHASE EMBOLDENED BY PUBLIC INTEREST AND MARKET WHICH LOOKS READY FOR TAKEOFF
Nopia Ride, the first ever fully electric mobility service in East Africa, launched a year ago is now ready to scale up and give gasoline vehicles a run for their money. On Monday, EkoRent, a leading Finnish electric mobility company operating under local name EkoRent Africa launched their third electric cars charging stations at TRM mall located along Thika Road to much fun fare and public interest.
Led by EkoRent founder and CEO, Juha Suojanen, who flagged off 10 brand new vehicles bringing the total to 11 and successfully brought to a halt Nopia’s Ride pilot phase. Currently, there are three electric cars charging stations strategically spread across Nairobi namely; Two Rivers Mall, The Hub Karen and now TRM mall.
The company hopes to tackle harmful air pollution by offering Nopia Electric Ride service that is 100 % emission-free and helps to improve the air quality in the city. Juha says there are many lessons they have learned along the way about the Kenyan market but key among them is that Kenya is ready for takeoff in terms of electric vehicles, something Nopia Ride hopes to ride on it going forward. “We have learned that this is an agile market, and the demand has exceeded many times our expectations.”