A leading Finnish electric mobility company, EkoRent has launched Nopia Ride, the first ever full electric mobility service in Nairobi, Kenya.
In the first phase of the investment program, the company has started operations that will increase electric vehicles by the end 2018.
While speaking at the launching of the electric cars at Two Rivers Mall in Nairobi, Dr. Ombacho who is the head of Public Health applauded the move by EkoRent saying that “In line with the United Nation Goals for Sustainable Development, I am happy to see Kenya continue to play her part particularly in the pursuance of sustainable and clean energy.”
“I urge more players in the private sector to prioritize developing environmentally friendly technologies and compliment the government.”
Nopia’s electric cars are low in the carbon footprint, the batteries of electric vehicles can be used for about 10-15 years and even after the power capacity of the batteries declines for driving purpose, they can still be used for years for example as home energy storage.
EkoRent founder and CEO Juha Suojanen said that Kenya’s capital is the ideal location to start the service before expanding it to other regions.
“Nairobi is a fast-growing city with considerable traffic congestion. The World bank reports that the transport sector accounted for more than half of all the carbon dioxide emissions Kenya produced in 2014. Nairobi City can benefit from Nopia electric ride service that helps in solving the increasing emission and urban transportation challenges while creating jobs for the populace.” Said Juha.
These vehicles can be easily recharged around Nairobi in several conveniently located Nopia Charging Bays.