Kenya: JUMIA, a leading pan-African eCommerce giant, has announced a partnership with one of the top producers of EV solutions, BILITI Electric, to expand its delivery fleet in Kenya with e-vans. According to a release, after a successful pilot project, the California-based company is prepared to scale the fleet in the first phase with JUMIA, according to a release.
With a range of 100 km per charge, a top speed of 50 kph, and a payload capacity of 500 kg, the Taskman model from BILITI Electric is intended for commercial last-mile deliveries.
Our main goal is to use technology to improve African citizens' daily life. The foundation of our sustainability strategy is this. A critical step in achieving our ESG goals is the introduction of these EVs to the last mile of our delivery fleet of 3000+ vehicles. "We are also committed to developing a supply chain that will lessen the environmental impact of our activities, said CEO of JUMIA Kenya, Juan Seco."
In addition to providing cleaner air, the introduction of e-vans will undoubtedly play a significant part in assisting in employment creation for the underprivileged populations in this area. By switching from fossil fuel motorcycles to these e-vans, all delivery personnel have the opportunity to earn more than ever. This will enable them to deliver more orders with less hassle for the better, the release said.
Rahul Gayam, the co-founder and co-CEO of BILITI Electric, spoke about the partnership and expressed his company's excitement to work with JUMIA. This alliance will undoubtedly have a significant effect. In comparison to any internal combustion engine vehicle, EVs have the potential to help save a significant percentage of the last-mile delivery costs, which make up around 53% of the total shipping prices. We are certain that we can make cheaper, quicker last-mile delivery possible for JUMIA, said Rahul, adding that the market is big in Africa, and the TaskmanTM variant will do the job.