Bolt expands into seven additional towns

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Taxi hailing firm Bolt, formerly Taxify, has expanded its local operations by setting up in the towns of Nyeri, Meru, Embu, Nanyuki, Karatina, Kilifi and Malindi.

The move has brought the number of towns in which the taxi hailing firm operates in to sixteen with the company already operational in Nairobi, Mombasa, Thika, Kisumu, Kakamega, Naivasha, Nakuru, Eldoret and Kitale. The expansion drive is anticipated to increase competition for the firm’s rivals Uber and Little Cab which have a presence in some of the aforementioned towns.

“We continue to scale up our operations for the benefit of our customers. Our core business is to provide reliable, safe and affordable transportation services to everyone and we are excited to make travel easier and quicker across the country during this festive season,” said Bolt Kenya Country Manager, Ola Akinnusi in a statement.

Mr. Akinnusi similarly insisted that the firm would continue to roll out quality and affordable transport services to customers despite the new network additions.

“We continue to serve our customers better and provide viable economic opportunity across the locations we are in. We are humbled to offer Kenyans more choices to move smartly in cities across the country,” said Akinnusi.

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 February 2019, Bolt had operations in 30 countries with the company having approximately 25 million customers globally and more than 500,000 drivers on its platform.

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