Bolt expands into Naivasha, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale

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Taxi hailing firm Bolt, formerly Taxify, has expanded its local operations by setting up in the towns of Naivasha, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale.

The move has brought the number of towns in which the taxi hailing firm operates in to nine with the company already operational in Nairobi, Mombasa, Thika, Kisumu and Kakamega. The expansion drive is also anticipated to increase competition for local taxi hailing service Wasili which also has a presence in the four North Rift towns.

According to Bolt’s Country Manager Ola Akkinusi, the move underscores the company’s intention to expand its local footprint. As it stands, Bolt is the largest taxi provider in the country in terms of markets reached. Mr. Akkinusi similarly insisted that the move will make transportation in the aforementioned towns more convenient and affordable.

“Bolt has had a steady growth across Kenya contributed by our expansion into new markets, which is largely driven by the demand for our quality service. As the festive season approaches, we are excited to make movement for our customers affordable, convenient and safe across the North Rift Region, giving locals and visitors more choices to move smartly,” Mr. Akkinusi said in a statement.

“It’s been an exhilarating ride since we hit the streets of Kenya in 2016. We are humbled to have moved with you over a million times in the cities where we operate,” Mr. Akkinusi added.

Taxify rebranded to Bolt in March this year in a move aimed at underscoring the firm’s vision of capitalizing on the move to electric vehicles.

“The rebranding accentuates our belief that the future of transportation will be electric. Our new name ‘Bolt’ stands for fast, effortless movement — exactly what the experience of getting around in a city should be, be it by car, scooter or public transport,” Markus Villig, Bolt’s co-founder said then.

According to the company’s website, as of Februray 2019, Bolt had operations in 30 countrieswith the company having approximately 25 million customers globally and more than 500,000 drivers on its platform.

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