KOKO Networks announced the opening of a new technology production plant in Ruaraka, Nairobi, at an event attended by their partners Vivo Energy Kenya.
KOKO is mainstreaming bioethanol cooking fuel in Kenya, starting in Nairobi, in partnership with Vivo Energy and a network of KOKO Agent traders across the city. Using a hardware and software platform, the company has created a network of Smart Fuel ATMs in Nairobi.
Customers buy a new generation KOKO cooker from their local KOKO agent or through the myKOKO smartphone app, top up their KOKO Fuel account via M-Pesa, then access bioethanol cooking fuel at any vending machine in “KOKOpoint” fuel.
The new production plant produces three fuel delivery technologies. They produce KOKOpoint Fuel ATMs before being deployed in KOKO Agent stores. The facility also produces Smart Depot systems and Smart Tanker systems which allow Vivo Energy to safely control the flow of fuel in a fleet of Smart MicroTankers, and finally until the KOKOpoints are filled at KOKO agents.
KOKOpoints are IoT-enabled and connected to the cloud, where the team monitors the technical and operational health of the KOKOpoints network and coordinates customer and agent service, field maintenance and optimizes KOKO Fuel and KOKO Cooker logistics. The facility also contains a laboratory for testing fuel samples and emissions of KOKO fuel and other fuels on the market.
KOKO is building its fuel distribution network in Greater Nairobi by deploying hundreds of KOKOpoint fuel vending machines in the greater metropolitan area of Nairobi, from Thika to Athi River and from Kiserian to Limuru. This network will be operational in the coming months, allowing customers safe and affordable access to clean bioethanol cooking fuel a short distance from their homes.