Opibus will supply 3,000 unique electric motorcycles as part of the agreement to help Uber meet its growing demand for emission-free drivers on the continent.
After a successful pilot program, Uber and Opibus, an electric vehicle developer, have formed a strategic partnership in order to encourage EV adoption throughout Africa.
Opibus will supply 3,000 unique electric motorcycles as part of the agreement to help support Uber’s growing demand of emissions-free drivers throughout the continent.
The Swedish-Kenyan technology firm was founded in 2017 as a research project. It designs, manufactures and distributes electric vehicles that help Africa transition to more sustainable transport.
Opibus has a mission to bring electric mobility to emerging markets. This includes the conversion of mining SUVs into electric vehicles, as well as energy storage and ground-up constructions of electric motorcycles, and passenger buses. These are some of the first ever manufactured in Kenya.
Uber and Opibus will partner to supply large numbers of electric motorcycles. Uber will also help Opibus expand its production in order to reach more African countries.
Mikael Gange is the co-founder and chief selling officer of Opibus.
“We are seeing a lot of demand for electric motorcycles locally made in Africa. Uber has helped us prove that it is feasible to deploy large-scale units. We will increase our production next year to meet market demand in Kenya and the region .”
Opibus claims that the motorcycle industry is the largest employer in Kenya and provides jobs for more than 1,200,000 youth. But, over 1,600,000. motorcycles in Kenya are still powered by gasoline and combustion. This causes huge amounts of noise pollution and emissions.
Obipus was able to develop an electric motorcycle that is comparable in price to its gasoline counterparts to combat this problem.
Uber is slowly achieving its goal to become a fully electric platform that emits zero emissions by 2040. 100% of Uber rides are now made in ZEVs. Frans Hiemstra was the general manager of Uber sub-Saharan Africa.
“We are doing our bit to transform mobility in the country and help to reduce carbon emissions. Uber is always looking for ways to improve customer experience. We have a responsibility invest in products that are reliable, durable, safe, and environmentally friendly. This will have a lasting impact on cities and drivers. The collaboration with Opibus will accomplish .”