High School Classmates Team Up to Launch Kenya's First Electric Tuktuk

  • Alijawaad Molu, and Aliakber Khan, created an electric tuk-tuk that is eco-friendly
    Alijawaad Molu, and Aliakber Khan, created an electric tuk-tuk that is eco-friendly
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  • Two high school friends teamed up to create one of a kind three-wheel vehicle that is popularly known in Kenya as a tuk-tuk.

    The 23-year-old  Alijawaad Molu, and 24-year-old Aliakber Khan, created an electric tuk-tuk, which is more eco-friendly.

    Through their company, Solutions Africa Ltd, Molu and Khan are aiming at reducing carbon emissions by going green and reducing the effects of global warming.

    High school classmates and makers of the E-beba tuk-tuk, Alijawaad Molu and Aliakber Khan
    High school classmates and makers of the E-beba tuk-tuk, Alijawaad Molu and Aliakber Khan
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    The company is based in Mombasa where the residents prefer using the tuk-tuk as a mode of transport. The locals face challenges such as increased fuel prices and their new innovation provides a cheaper alternative.

    "Charging an electric vehicle is much cheaper compared to the surging fuel prices. If more Kenyans can afford access to a vehicle, we can dramatically improve the quality of life that families have. 
     
    "On the environmental impact it is extremely low levels of noise and air pollution will continue to create a healthier, brighter future for our country," Molu explained.

    The tuk-tuk named E-Beba is similar to the current three-wheelers in the market, though there are slight differences in their features.

    Their model has zero emissions, less noise pollution and lower operational costs. It runs on batteries with a portable charger, that costs approximately Ksh300 to fully charge the batteries and they last for about six hours.

    "We are continuing to grow our operation with a vision to create greener, friendlier, and more accessible solutions for the people of Africa. Join us in our mission, and make the switch to a greener world for our children in years to come," Molu added.

    In recent days Kenyan organizations such as Kenya Power, have made strides to move towards cleaner energy. 

    Kenya Power announced strategies to install electric car chargers in Kenyan homes across the country in a tender notice published by the power utility firm on Tuesday, August 2.

    The firm indicated it was seeking electronic companies that can help them implement its E-Mobility Network Infrastructure System (ENIS).

    The notice also stated that Kenya Power intends to roll out the car chargers within six months from September this year.

    Alijawaad Molu, and Aliakber Khan, created an electric tuk-tuk that is eco-friendly
    Alijawaad Molu, and Aliakber Khan, created an electric tuk-tuk that is eco-friendly
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