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Ruto's Electric Boda Boda Promise: Experts Break Down E

May 02, 2023May 02, 2023

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Electric mobility is picking pace in Kenya as the government leverages measures towards zero emission and cost-effective fuel.

President William Ruto announced that his government will roll out an affordable electric motorbike scheme for boda boda operators.

During the 60th Madaraka Day celebrations held at Moi Stadium in Embu County on Thursday June 1, Ruto said the programme will be launched in September 2023.

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Electric vehicle and motorcycle experts welcomed the initiative, adding that e-motorbikes are cheap and cost-effective.

Roam Electric Chief Product and Strategy Officer Albin Wilson noted that Electric Vehicles (EVs) and bikes come with a low operation cost of up to 76%.

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According to Electric Vehicles Kenya, an information and sales platform, e-motorbikes batteries cost around KSh 20,000 to KSh 70,000, based on the brand and power consumption.

Wilson revealed that at Roam, one can get a motorcycle battery by paying a deposit of KSh 5,000 and completing the balance in 18 months with KSh 300 daily payment.

He said the battery capacity can last up to 75 kilometres, and the bike comes with a dual battery system allowing for inter-switch.

On the ease of accessing charging points, Wilson revealed electric bikes can be charged anywhere, including a normal electric home outlet.

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Roam Electric launched an electric motorbike, Roam Air, that cost about KSh 180,000.

The firm launched a new production site in Kenya, the largest in East Africa, with an annual production capacity of 50,000 motorcycles.

He said the company has produced about 300 Roam Air bikes and has over 800 paid-down orders.

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Wilson noted that boda boda operators can maximise their income through the initiative, which is why Ruto focused on giving them affordable electric bikes.

Ruto said this as he launched the second phase of the Hustler Fund, targeting chamas and organised groups.

The head of state noted that registered groups and businesses can access the fund, which ranges between KSh 20,000 and KSh 1 million.

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President William Ruto announced plans by his government to offer affordable electric motorbikes to boda boda operators Speaking during Madaraka Day celebrations at Moi Stadium in Embu County, Ruto said the scheme will caution the sector from high fuel prices and exploitation from lenders Electric vehicle and motorcycle experts welcomed the initiative by the government, saying it will revolutionise boda boda transport in the country Roam Electric Chief Product and Strategy Officer Albin Wilson said the move will be cost-effective in terms of fuel, adding that the batteries last up to 75 kilometres PAY ATTENTION: PAY ATTENTION Subscribe to watch new videos PAY ATTENTION: