Everything you need to know about electric cars.

Electric vehicles are the future of motoring. Scratch that, electric cars are the PRESENT. Governments across the world are pledging to support the manufacturing of ultra-low-emission vehicles while car brands from Nissan to Maserati have either built electric cars or have plans to do so
But electric cars are also part of the past and their legacy goes as far back as 1837 in Aberdeen, Scotland where the first electric car was built and the technology enjoyed such success that electric battery-powered taxis were even introduced to the streets of London and New York late in the 19th century. 
Sadly, their popularity didn’t last and with the price of oil decreasing, it was fuel combustion engine cars that dominated the roads. Until now.
Electric cars are once again the necessity. With technology developing rapidly, designs becoming more eye-catching and the world becoming more environmentally conscious, a new era of electric vehicles has been born.

How do they work?

An electric vehicle has an on-board battery that gets charged through an electricity supply storing and using that energy to power an electric motor plus set the wheels in motion. It means the cars have no need for a clutch and gearbox or an exhaust pipe making them much quieter and smoother to drive.

Types of electric cars?

There are three types of cars considered to be ‘electric’.

1.Conventional Hybrids like the Toyota Prius that require a petrol tank but also have an electric motor powered by a battery that charges when the vehicle brakes.

2.Plug-in Hybrids which also have both petrol engines and electric motors but can be plugged-in to charge and can generally run for a short period on electric power before the battery is drained.

3.Battery Electric Vehicles(BEVs) like the Nissan Leaf which run only on electricity. Many major car manufacturers offer one of these, from traditional names like Nissan to specialist manufacturers like Tesla.

How do they charge?

Drivers charge the on-board battery of an electric vehicle using electricity, either from a dedicated charging point or a simple wall socket. Speed of a charge depends on the type of EV you have and the type of power supply you’re connected to. There are three types of charging speeds – slow charging which takes about 5 hours for a full charge, fast charging which takes about an hour, and rapid charging where you can charge your car in just 20 minutes.

Why invest in an electric car?

Owners of an EV have the advantage of much lower running costs. The electricity to charge an EV works out around a third as much per kilometre as buying petrol for the same vehicle.
A battery electric vehicle (BEV) has a lot less moving parts than a conventional petrol/diesel car. There is relatively little servicing and no expensive exhaust systems, starter motors, fuel injection systems, radiators and many other parts that aren’t needed in an EV.

Nopia ride cars

How is Nopia Ride playing a part?

Nopia Ride is the first ever full electric mobility service in East Africa. Nopia’s electric cars are eco-friendly on the road and also low in life cycle carbon footprint. Nopia pricing model is designed to be low for the passengers and fair and economically sustainable for the drivers. Nopia vehicles are easy to locate and book using Nopia mobile app now available for download. Nairobi City can benefit from Nopia electric ride service that helps in solving the increasing emission and urban transportation challenges while creating jobs for the populace.

15 thoughts on “Everything you need to know about electric cars.”

  1. Hey iam Robert taxi driver and I would like to join nopia as a partner please advice me on how to do

    1. Please fill out our application form here https://nopiaride.com/for-drivers/ Note that you are required to have a valid National Identification (ID), a valid PSV Driver’s License, a valid Certificate of Good Conduct. If approved to be a Nopia driver partner, we will contact you and agree on your electric vehicle driver training.

    1. Please fill out our application form here https://nopiaride.com/for-drivers/ Note that you are required to have a valid National Identification (ID), a valid PSV Driver’s License, a valid Certificate of Good Conduct. If approved to be a Nopia driver partner, we will contact you and agree on your electric vehicle driver training.

  2. Hi I would like to be a driver but I don’t have a deposit of 600k to have a car ,do you have any other options

  3. Can someone just acquire a Nopia or is it now another priviledge complete with government clearance ? I was on this page looking for price.

    1. We are encouraging driver partners (including individuals or organized groups) to come on board by investing in their own electric vehicles (EVs) on our platform. The EVs should not be older than 2013 models as these are more efficient and give have better operational range. We will provide the charging infrastructure and hailing app for both driver and rider. You may arrange your own finance for the EV. You will benefit from additional 40% savings per ride attributed to fuel cost – once you are on our platform you can charge your EV on Nopia service stations for free. For more details please write to us on info@nopiaride.com

    1. Nopia ride is an electric transportation hailing service. However, if you want to come in as an investor, we are encouraging driver partners (including individuals or organized groups) to come on board by investing in their own electric vehicles (EVs) on our platform. The EVs should not be older than 2013 models as these are more efficient and give have better operational range. We will provide the charging infrastructure and hailing app for both driver and rider. You may arrange your own finance for the EV. You will benefit from additional 40% savings per ride attributed to fuel cost – once you are on our platform you can charge your EV on Nopia service stations for free. For more details please write to us on info@nopiaride.com

  4. Hi, am an investor in the transport industry, and I am always interested in electric cabs.
    Kindly provide me with details on Kenyan price and viewing point for these cabs.

    Kind Regards
    Wycliff

    1. We are encouraging driver partners (including individuals or organized groups) to come on board by investing in their own electric vehicles (EVs) on our platform. The EVs should not be older than 2013 models as these are more efficient and give have better operational range. We will provide the charging infrastructure and hailing app for both driver and rider. You may arrange your own finance for the EV. You will benefit from additional 40% savings per ride attributed to fuel cost – once you are on our platform you can charge your EV on Nopia service stations for free. For more details please write to us on info@nopiaride.com

  5. Hi Nopia,
    as friend of the electric cars, I am interested in changing the engine of my car to an electric one.
    Any idea where this can be done here in Kenya?

    Claus

  6. Interested in owning one.right now am on other hailing apps but would like to join given the details.
    Thanks
    Mike

    1. We are encouraging driver partners (including individuals or organized groups) to come on board by investing in their own electric vehicles (EVs) on our platform. The EVs should not be older than 2013 models as these are more efficient and give have better operational range. We will provide the charging infrastructure and hailing app for both driver and rider. You may arrange your own finance for the EV. You will benefit from additional 40% savings per ride attributed to fuel cost – once you are on our platform you can charge your EV on Nopia service stations for free. For more details please write to us on info@nopiaride.com

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