Bolt, an on-demand ride-hailing service, has launched new electric tuk-tuks motorcycles, and bicycles on its platform in Kenya.
This action, according to Bolt, is part of an initiative aimed at reducing the company’s carbon footprint while “fulfilling the demand for light, smart, and green modes of transportation.” The addition of these new vehicles to the platform is also intended to help avoid the fuel price crisis, which has put many ride-hailing companies in jeopardy.
“This is a significant step toward realizing environmentally conscious ways for people to move around the city, reducing our ecological footprint, lowering air pollution, and increasing access to clean transportation modes.” We also believe that this is a step forward in mitigating the effects of constantly fluctuating fuel costs, and that it will stabilize the growth and sustainability of driver earnings and the cost of doing business. “We believe that the future of urban transportation will be a network of on-demand services that include electric vehicles, tuk-tuks, bikes, and other light vehicles,” said Hillary Miller-Wise, Regional Director of Bolt Africa.
“As we expand into other towns across the country, we will make deliveries using the newly launched tuk-tuks and bicycles within Nairobi. Our customers will now have more environmentally friendly and sustainable options to choose from, while still receiving the same great door-to-door delivery service from Bolt Food. We are committed to transforming the food delivery sector in Kenya, and we will continue to invest in innovative products that improve quality service delivery and provide great customer experiences at a low cost,” said Edgar Kipngetich Kitur, Country Manager at Bolt Food.
These electric vehicles will initially be used only by Bolt Food couriers, but the company plans to expand and incorporate them into the ride-hailing business as well.
This comes just a few weeks after the company launched the Bolt Food delivery service in Kenya in an attempt to tap into the growing food delivery market, which has exploded in recent years, particularly since the pandemic outbreak.