The story of bodabodas here in Kenya cannot go without the controversy surrounding them. In some ways they are great but in others, they’re most associated with grey areas of the city. Now, consider how the sun is shining, the birds are chirping, and amidst all the hustle and bustle of our cities, a silent revolution is taking place on our roads. Yes, you guessed it right! Electric bikes, or bodabodas, are here to shake up the boda boda industry and pave the way for a greener and more sustainable future. Recently, ARC Ride, in collaboration with Watu, organized an electrifying event to showcase the remarkable benefits of these electric wonders. So, hop on and let’s explore how electric bodabodas are changing the game!

Silent Warriors of the Streets

Have you ever been annoyed by the constant roar of traditional bodabodas passing by? Well, say goodbye to those noisy disruptions! Electric bodabodas are like silent warriors gliding through the streets, creating a more peaceful and serene environment for all. No more ear-splitting engine noises, just the gentle hum of electric power. It’s a win-win situation for both riders and pedestrians, as we all get to enjoy a more pleasant and harmonious commuting experience. Who knew saving the planet could be so peaceful?

Money Talks: Cost-Effective Cruising:

Let’s talk business, we all know that fuel costs can burn a hole in our pockets. But there’s hope! Electric bodabodas are here to rescue us from that financial drain. Jeremy Kimbu, the cool Ecosystem Manager at ARC Ride, spilled the beans on this secret. He said, “The electric bike is cheaper by about 30 to 40 percent on a day-to-day basis.” That’s some serious moolah we’re talking about! Lower operational costs, fewer fuel expenses, and minimal maintenance requirements mean more earnings for our hardworking bodaboda operators. It’s like hitting the jackpot while saving the planet. Talk about a sweet deal!

Charge and Roll

Power on the Go! Now, you might be wondering, “How do these electric bodabodas charge up?” Well, hold onto your helmets because this is super convenient. ARC Ride has set up 50 battery swapping stations across Nairobi. It’s like a pit-stop for superheroes, but instead of refueling with superpowers, they swap their depleted batteries for fully charged ones. Voila! No more waiting for hours to charge up. These bodabodas are ready to hit the road faster than you can say “electric revolution.” With such seamless charging solutions, our bodaboda heroes can keep saving the day without any hiccups. Talk about efficiency!

Accessible Awesomeness

Financing for All: Now, let’s address the elephant in the room: the price tag. Electric bodabodas might sound like a luxury that’s out of reach, but fear not! ARC Ride’s got your back. Their Zoom bikes come with an accessible financing option. With a minimum deposit as low as Sh15,000, you can jump on the electric bandwagon. This partnership with Watu, the asset financing company, breaks down the barriers that might hold us back from embracing electric mobility. It’s like having a superhero sponsor backing you up in your quest for a greener future. So, don’t let the price tag scare you. Your electric adventure awaits!

Revving Up Change

A Greener Future: The availability of financing options and the collaboration between ARC Ride and Watu are like power boosters, accelerating the adoption of electric bodabodas. We’re not just talking about a few riders here and there; we’re talking about a movement, a wave of change sweeping across the nation. Embracing electric bodabodas means reducing carbon emissions, improving air quality, and creating a cleaner and healthier environment for ourselves and future generations. It’s a win for us, a win for our wallets, and a win for Mama Earth!


Fellow Kenyans, the electric revolution is here, and it’s time to join the ride towards a greener tomorrow. With silent rides, cost-effective cruising, convenient charging solutions, and accessible financing options, electric bodabodas are changing the game and making sustainability accessible to all. So, let’s hop on these electric wonders, embrace the power of silence, and become the heroes our environment needs. Together, we can pave the way for a greener, brighter, and more electrifying Kenya. Let’s ride on, and let the electric bodaboda adventure begin!