By Elijah Maingi
Jumia Kenya on Tuesday launched the use of electric bicycles for its deliveries, in a move meant to amplify its logistics capacity for delivery. The move will also yield cost reductions, which will eventually flow through into lower delivery fees for consumers, as well as higher incomes for riders.
This will be done in conjunction with e-Bee Africa, which will supply the e-bicycles thus helping reduce CO2 emissions as compared to the previously used fuel-based motorbikes. According to The Star Kenya, the E-bicycles are equipped with a powerful electric motor and battery that can last an entire day of deliveries after a 4-hour charge. E-Bee Africa will also offer special rates for Jumia’s logistics partners as the two companies encourage the uptake of eco-friendly modes of transport. Jumia Services Country Manager, Ankur Agarwal said that the move to switch to e-bicycles would provide relief for riders and customers, through the reduction in delivery cost as well as higher income for riders.
“This is a move that is consistent with our effort to be an environmentally conscious organization. E-bicycles make business sense as it would be the beginning of a conscious push across Africa into EVs (All-electric vehicles),” he said.
On her part e-Bee Africa Managing Director, Olivia Lamenya said that the move was the beginning of an initiative to encourage other companies to take up eco-friendly modes of transport. “By partnering with Jumia, we aim to facilitate their deliveries in Nairobi using an end-to-end 0 emission transport networks. E-bicycles do not consume fuel and have lower maintenance costs compared to ordinary motorcycles,” Lamenya added.