Taxi hailing firm, Bolt, has introduced electric tuk tuks, and e-motorcycles on its platform as the company expands its greener transport options in Kenya in the food delivery category.
The firm said on Monday that the initiative is geared towards reducing its environmental footprints, at the same time fulfilling the demand for light, smart and green modes of transport.
It also serves to eliminate the challenges associated with constant fluctuating fuel prices which currently form the most significant operating cost for drivers and couriers.
“This is a great step towards realizing environmentally conscious ways for people to move around in the city, reduce our ecological footprint, decrease air pollution and increase access to clean transportation modes,” Hillary Miller-Wise, Bolt Africa’ s regional director said in a statement.
Miller said the development is also a stride forward to mitigate the impacts of constant fluctuating fuel costs and will stabilize the growth and sustainability of driver earnings and cost of doing business.
“We believe that the future of urban transport is a network of on-demand services which include electric vehicles, tuk tuk, bikes and other light vehicles,” Miller-Wise said.
These electric, bicycles and tuk tuks will currently be used by Bolt Food couriers only as the company plans to expand and include them into the ride-hailing business as well.
Bolt tapped into food delivery business in March this year during the rise of the third wave of the Covid–19 pandemic and has since witnessed a great reception and tremendous growth within Nairobi giving users access to a huge variety of restaurants and menus at the tap of a button as well as boosting the customer base for various restaurants.
“We will be making deliveries using the newly launched tuk tuks and bicycles within Nairobi as we expand into other towns across the country. Our customers will now have eco-friendlier and sustainable options to choose from while still enjoying the same great door-to door deliveries experience from Bolt Food,” said Edgar Kipngetich Kitur, Country Manager, Bolt Food.
We will be making deliveries using the newly launched tuk tuks and bicycles within Nairobi as we expand into other townsEdgar Kipngetich Kitur, Country Manager, Bolt Food
“We are committed to transforming the food delivery sector in Kenya and we continue to invest in innovative products that enhance quality service delivery and great customer experiences at affordable costs,” Mr Kitur said.
The new e-bikes and e-tuk tuks will also expand options for Bolt delivery business thereby creating more economic opportunities for couriers and providing Bolt’s customers with more options to choose from.
The company offers the widest array of ride-hailing options at the most affordable prices in the market and continues to have steady growth in operations driven by the demand for its quality services.
Bolt was also the first to launch electric bike-sharing service in Europe, becoming the first on-demand transportation platform to have electric bikes, scooters, and ride-hailing under a single brand in one app.
Kenya becomes the first African market where Bolt has introduced electric bikes, electric tuk tuks and e-bicycles with plans to launch similar services in other African markets.