Kenya leading the way in electrifying the motorcycle boda boda market

Electric motorcycles have become more widely available, and they come in various models. Despite cost being one of the concerns that prevent most people from adopting EVs, they are affordable. Electric motorcycles not only help to minimize this health danger, but they also help to reduce the noise pollution that our cities are experiencing as a result of the rapid growth of petroleum-powered motorcycles.

On 2nd March 2021, The UN Environment Programme (UNEP)  launched a pilot electric motorcycle project at the Karura Forest in Nairobi. A total of 49 electric motorcycles from China’s Tailing Technology Group were launched sparking a lot of interest among the attendees. Key stakeholders attended the launch event such as

  1. UNEP Deputy Executive Director Ms Joyce Musya
  2. Mr. Bernard Ngugi, Chief Executive Officer of Kenya Power
  3. Mr. Solomon Kitungu, Principal Secretary in the Ministry.
  4. Prof. Anyang’ Nyong’o, Governor of Kisumu County
  5. Mr. Nigel Topping, the UK Government High Level Climate Action Champion for UN climate talks, COP26

The pilot is a collaboration between UNEP, Kisumu County Government, Kenya Power & Lighting Company, Karura Forest Association, and Powerhive. This is a first of a kind partnership between the private sector and public sector coming together to develop solution towards a sustainable shift to electric mobility.

The aim of the pilot is to assess various aspects of electric motorcycle activity so as to assist policymakers in developing the appropriate policy framework to ensure a sustainable shift to low-emission electric mobility in Kenya, beginning with two- and three-wheelers.

This pilot project has rolled out in four locations in Kenya and is expected to expand in an effort to reduce air pollution, improve national energy security and create green jobs.

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