Ride-hailing company Little Cab on Thursday announced a partnership with Carrefour Kenya which will see the supermarket retailer roll out e-bikes to be used in delivering its online orders. The fleet will initially consist of female riders, promoting gender equality in the mobility industry.
Speaking during the launch of the fleet, Little CEO Kamal Budhabatti said, “We have been in this business for 6 years. Moving forward, we will promote e-mobility aggressively. By 2026, all our fleet will be electric”
“Global concern on carbon footprint has made us consider electric transportation. With time, we will phase out our traditional fleet that relies on fossil fuels,” Little COO Roy Niladri stated.
Franck Moreau, Regional Director of Carrefour East Africa at Majid Al Futtaim Retail, said “We are seeing fast growth in our online orders. Our target is to have up to 40 per cent of our online deliveries fulfilled using e-bikes by the end of 2022 following rigorous testing for mileage and efficiency.”
He added: “Micro mobility is the future of last-mile deliveries, and we are excited to be switching to electric motorbikes to reduce congestion and lower emissions whilst boosting Kenya’s sustainable development goals. With our new fleet driven by all female drivers, we can continue to harness the power of innovation whilst steering towards a more positive future.”
Little is also currently piloting the introduction of electric scooters and bicycles in Nairobi estates and universities. if this works, it plans to scale to electric motor vehicles.