Equator Mobility, previously known as META Electric has partnered with Hummingbird Transport (HBT) which will see the Nairobi-based logistics service provider offer electric vehicles from Equator Mobility’s fleet to guests at several hotels in the Kenyan capital.
“The tourism industry has a role to play in the electric vehicle movement and we are delighted to see our vision gradually become a reality. This partnership will show the world that Africa can lead the transition to low-carbon transport,” says Martin Murungi, HBT’s managing director. The company plans to acquire over 100 electric vehicles for its regional network by 2025.
This partnership will enable these institutions to reduce their carbon footprint in the face of the supply of thermal vehicles that add to Kenya’s air pollution.
“Commercial vehicles such as those operated by HBT will play a central role in the e-mobility revolution in Africa. Kenya’s urban logistics sector urgently needs to embrace new technologies and business models in order to mitigate the global warming that is disproportionately affecting the entire continent,” says Harry Minter, head of renewable energy at Maris, the Mauritius-based parent company of Equator Mobility.
Equator Mobility has been ramping up its operations in Kenya, with the objective of catalyzing the transition to electric mobility. It launched its operations last year, seed-funded by Maris Ltd, an Africa-focused investment company, by introducing a B2B leasing program with the option of direct sales for commercial electric vehicles. Such leases range from 6 months upwards.
The startup has been expanding its operations to include other vehicle segments, including fleet operators that offer passenger shuttle services within the hospitality industry, as well as staff shuttle services for corporates. Premium hotels are now actively looking to offer their clients cleaner transport options as part of their ESG programs.
The startup now offers 40 kWh Nissan Leaf vehicles. The 40 kWh Nissan Leaf is one of the few EVs which can provide a sufficient range, spec requirements, and pricing suitable for corporates in Kenya. Humming Bird Transport is on track to deploy at least 100 EVs within the next 24 months.