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Electric Vehicle Taxi Hailing Firm NopeaRide To Close Down its operations in Kenya. EkoRent Africa, the company behind NopeaRide, filed for insolvency in the Kenyan courts and a hearing has been set for 13th December. The company has announced that it took its fleet of vehicles off the road and has notified its staff and corporate clients. NopeaRide service was first launched in Kenya in August of 2018 (under the name NopiaRide) by a Finnish company EkoRent founded in 2014. It started with a small minimum viable product in Nairobi as its fleet and charging network grew very moderately in the following year. Towards the end of 2019 Nopea received new funding and placed orders for additional electric vehicles and chargers. However, many of the additional vehicles arrived in Nairobi at just about the same time when the strict Covid-19 curfew rules were put in place in March 2020. Those rules lead to daily kilometers driven by Nopea vehicles dropping approximately 60% over night. Since the NopeaRide launch 5 years ago, it has imported 70 Nopea electric vehicles to Kenya that had driven more than 4 000 000 kilometers by June 2022 saving over 650 tons of CO2 emissions. NopeaRide also operated the largest electric vehicle charging network in East Africa.

  • Edwin wangombe

    81 w

    It's really sad to see NopeaRide closing down

    • Tabitha Kimani

      81 w

      This is a step backward which is quite discouraging.

      • Patrick Kiash

        81 w

        Its sad to hear this, I once took a ride through them from Trm to mirema, and I totally liked their service.

        • Timothy Ndegwa

          81 w

          sad to see this!

          • Suma Ayyagari

            81 w

            This is unfortunate. I hope they can get the help they deserve and put back the vehicles on road soon again.

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