Jumia Kenya has joined hands with eBee Africa to enable the e-commerce giant carry out deliveries using electric bicycles in Nairobi.
Interestingly, e-bicycles do not consume fuel, have lower maintenance costs compared to ordinary motorcycles and reduce CO2 emissions. Hence, Jumia and eBee’s partnership will bring about a reduction in delivery fees for consumers and a higher income for the riders.
Founded in 2020, eBee offers electric bicycles on a subscription basis for the delivery market. These bicycles which will be deployed for Jumia deliveries in Kenya are equipped with powerful electric motors and batteries that can last an entire day of deliveries after a 4-hour charge.
eBee Africa will also offer special rates for Jumia’s logistics partners to encourage the uptake of eco-friendly modes of transport.
Commenting, the Country Manager of Jumia Services, Ankur Agarwal said the most exciting thing about e-bicycles and electric vehicles (EVs) more generally, is that they make business sense.
“It’s a win-win for society and the bottom line. This pilot with eBee is the beginning of a conscious push across Africa into EVs. We hope we can play a part, as early adopters, in speeding up the penetration of the industry in Africa.”
Olivia Lamenya, managing director at eBee Africa said:
“eBee Africa provides the electric solution to mass transportation in rapidly-growing African cities. By partnering with Jumia, we aim to facilitate their deliveries in Nairobi using an end-to-end 0 emission transport network. Providing affordable, worry-free, and clean mobility contributes to our mission to empower every man and woman to do business and to be in charge of their future. Our audacious goal is having 1 million eBees on the road in sub-Saharan Africa by 2030.”