Boda bodas are central to both urban and rural African mobility. There are now about 1.5 million bodas in Kenya. The sector is growing by about 15% per year, with c20,000 new bodas imported each month. The transport sector is responsible for 67% of energy related GHG emissions in Kenya, a share which is growing.
A conventional petrol motorcycle emits an astonishing 15 times more particulate matter in relation to its engine capacity than a petrol car. Kenya urgently needs to adopt new technologies to reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, if it is to meet its mitigation target of 30% by 2030, under the Paris Climate Agreement. The adoption of electric two-wheelers has emerged as an effective low-carbon strategy – one with the potential to offer significant environmental and social benefits.
Equator Mobility is therefore developing a cleaner and more affordable transport ecosystem for two-wheelers. One that consists of electric bodas, smart batteries and the associated infrastructure of intelligent battery swap stations.