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No More Pollution From Boda Boda, Kenya Launch Electric Bikes

Kevin Ochieng

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The technology is rapidly growing and every country don’t want to be left behind, Kenya included.

In transport sector, a two – and three-wheelers  commonly known as Boda boda and Tuk-Tuk respectively are a central transport mode in many low and middle-income countries, though the same have always been associated with alot of noise and air pollution.

The United Nations through United Nations Environmental Programme (UNEP) have launched electric bikes project. The project which was launched at Karura Forest in Nairobi is expected to expand in an effort to reduce air pollution, improve national energy security and create green jobs.

“Kenya is importing more motorcycles than cars, doubling its fleet every 7-8 years. These are generally inefficient and poorly maintained polluting motorcycles,” said Joyce Msuya, the UNEP Deputy Executive Director.

In a statement, she added that Kenya’s electricity is very green in 2019 with more than 80% was generated by hydro, solar, geothermal, and wind.

Shifting to electric bikes in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and elsewhere.

This will help in reducing the costs, air pollution and Greenhouse Gas Emissions, as well as create jobs.

Kisumu Governor Peter Anyang’ Nyongo’ , who was also in attendance said the average motorcycle is estimated to be 10 times more polluting per mile than a passenger car, light truck or SUV, adding that the hydrocarbons are dangerous to human health.

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“Electric motorcycles not only mitigate against this health hazard but also help reduce noise pollution that the rampant increase of petroleum powered motorbikes currently causes in our cities” he said.

According to a report  released in 2018, the registered number of motorcycles in Kenya, commonly used as taxis (boda-boda), was estimated at 1.5 million and is likely to grow over five million by 2030.

The move was based on a research implemented by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority( EPRA), the University of Nairobi, and Sustainable Transport Africa.

The project has been sponsored and supported by by UNEP with funding from the International Climate Initiative (IKI) of the German Ministry for the Environment.

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