Motorcycle taxis are the easiest and cheapest way to get around Kenya’s capital of Nairobi, but the ubiquitous boda bodas, as locals call them, are a major polluter. Kenyan-Swedish startup Opibus is setting out to create a cleaner transportation option with a fleet of made-in-Kenya electric motorcycle taxis. It has deployed 160 prototypes and launched a successful pilot program with Uber. After raising $7.5 million in a November 2021 funding round, Opibus, led by CEO Filip Gardler, is poised to scale up to mass manufacturing, with an anticipated 3,000 vehicles ready for sale on the local market by the end of the year at a price on par with that of conventional motorcycles.
A weekly newsletter featuring conversations with the world’s top CEOs, managers, and founders. Join the Leadership Brief.
- What Wildfire Smoke Does to the Human Body
- Prince Harry Breaks Royal Convention to Testify in Court
- Teens Are Taking Wegovy for Weight Loss
- Elliot Page: Embracing My Trans Identity Saved Me
- How a Texas High Jumper Has Earned Nearly $1 Million
- What the Debt Ceiling Deal Means for Student Loan Borrowers
- How Past Lives Combines Memoir and Artistry
- 7 Ways to Get Better at Small Talk