University students in Kenya are set to enjoy an electric mobility experience on campus, thanks to Little Cab. The taxi-hailing app is introducing e-bikes and e-scooters in Kenyan universities and select Nairobi estates. The service is starting as a pilot phase in the University of Nairobi, with 200 of these e-scooters and electric bikes.
After, Kenyatta University(KU) and Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology (JKUAT) will follow.
“We are putting these micro-mobility e-devices in universities. With the electric bike even when peddling uphill, little energy will be used for that. Some of our universities are very big and for students to walk from one end to another end they have to start to walk half an hour earlier,” CEO of Little, Mr. Kamal Budhabhatti said.
“We are also talking with some estates. 200 is a small number we are doing in universities. If the plan works well we will get 10,000 of these and assemble them locally,” Mr. Budhabhatti.
A ride will cost Sh20 per hour with a 2-hour limit per ride. They will equip these e-scooters and e-bikes with location-based technology that restricts movement within a certain perimeter. Additionally, the universities will ensure that they secure the bikes inside their premises.
If this rollout proves to be successful, Little is planning to expand to motor vehicles. Their growth plan in the next five years also includes expansion into Ethiopia.