Kenya launches first electric passenger bus

Kenya launches first electric passenger bus

BasiGo has launched the first electric passenger bus in Kenya that is set to improve the transport sector in the country.

The firm is currently taking up a pilot program with two buses to prove their mobility.

The main partners in the project are Citi Hoppa and Eastlands Eagles as the newly launched buses are expected to take the CBD to JKIA Route and City Stadium to Dandora route.

“Currently, with the routes, the two buses are plying the charging ports are located along Airport North Road but as we expand, we will identify charging ports in all locations, “said the Head of Business Development at BasiGo Sam Kamunya.

The 25-seater bus will charge each commuter Ksh.20 per kilometre. There is already a log-in provision which positions location of the bus, charge in the bus and electricity potential of the bus which customers will pay for.

Es each bus is purchased at Ksh5 million.

Kenya Power Managing Director Rosemary Oduor said the e-mobility evolution will provide the buses with an opportunity to grow sales.

Kenya has currently installed a capacity of 2991 MW and an off-peak load of 1200 MW to avail enough power to support the entire e-mobility ecosystem compromising powering charging stations for domestic and business use.

“We are also in talks with five other e-mobility players who are either presently operating in the market or planning to make an entry and we are looking forward to working with even more as the industry develops,” Oduor.

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