We met in front of the Ojijo charging centre in Nairobi's Westlands district. "Matatus" (minibuses) and "boda bodas" (motorcycle taxis) trumpeted through this crowded thoroughfare in the city centre. The room, a simple orange container, houses about fifty batteries. As soon as the metal curtain is raised, a driver equipped with an electric motorcycle comes to park in front of the platform. Jason Gras, co-founder of Stima, changes the motorcycle's battery in two turns of the keys. The operation lasted barely a minute, including payment by mobile phone (280 shillings, or 1.80 euros) and the motorcycle taxi leaves with a range of 80 kilometres.
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Jason Gras and Émile Fulcheri have been living in Nairobi for three years now. The first is a graduate of the École des Mines and the IAE of Saint-Étienne. Émile Fulcheri is a graduate of Centrale Nantes and DTU, the Danish University of Technology. They met in 2018 when they enrolled at Mines Paris...
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