Kenya electric bus


 Kenya electric bus amazes many. The Kenyan- Swedish company wants that epithet to also refer to the city`s environmentaly. It targets public transport providers, schools as well as private and government institutions, providing with an environmentaly sustainable solution that is cheaper to maintain than fuel-run buses. “It`s the first electric bus in Kenya that we designed since last year and co-manufactured it with global partner, ” Roams transit Board Member, Dennis Wakaimba said.

This buses will help people to ride comfortably and with clear conscience since there is zero pollution.

“This represents a shift towards better public transport where we can have people ride in comfort and enjoy the ride with clear conscience because we`re talking about zero emmisions, ” said the roam project coordinator said. Most commuter transport is privately owned in Nairobi and Roam said fares o n the eletric bus would rival those offered by its smoggier competitors.

“The challenge that we’re facing now is that these matatus are stuck in traffic,” he adds. “People face delays, the service is not always reliable. Those are issues that we need to correct.”
Electric buses could help solve the problem. Today Bhattacharya is the CEO and co-founder of BasiGo, a mobility startup racing to electrify the city’s buses. The company is not alone. Swedish-Kenyan electric vehicle manufacturer Roam also has its eyes set on Nairobi’s mass transport sector. Both are rolling out fleets of buses this year that could mark the start of a new chapter for city’s famous matatu culture.

The 77-seater has a top speed of 70 kilometres per hour and a battery pack allows it to travel 360 kilometres before reqiring a 2-hour recharge. The bus is designed to be accese and incluse for all. “it can accomodate people in wheelchairs, the elderly so we have proirity seats inside this bus,”he adds Roam plan to roll out 100 electric buses over the next year.

Eighty percent of Nairobi’s commuters use matatus — minivans that are poorly regulated and maintained, and known for frightening manoeuvres and trails of black smoke streaking behind battered chassis.

It is estimated that less than 500 of Kenya’s 3.5 million cars are electric, despite the government making them cheaper than ever to purchase.

The transport sector accounts for 12 percent of Kenya’s emissions footprint — though that figure rises to 45 percent in Nairobi, according to government figures.

Earlier this year another electric mobility startup, BasiGo, unveiled a 25-seater bus with a 250-kilometre range for Nairobi’s roads.

Kenya sources most of its energy from renewable resources and is seeking to cut CO2 emmisions by 32  percent by 2030.

(CNN)During the early days of the coronavirus pandemic in Nairobi, Kenya, something improbable happened: a mountain appeared. To curb the transmission of the virus, authorities called on the city’s thousands of private bus operators to cease trading. “Within three days, the air completely cleared,” recalls entrepreneur Jit Bhattacharya. “You could see Mount Kenya … crystal clear,” some 90 miles away.

Bhattacharya also saw an opportunity. Kenya produces 90% of its electricity from renewable sources — mostly geothermal and hydropower — and has surplus grid capacity, yet it imports nearly all its petroleum fuels. What if clean energy could be channeled into the transport sector? Maybe it could help the city clean up its act. Maybe Mount Kenya could become a permanent feature for Nairobi once more.
Rather than operate its fleet, BasiGo is selling buses directly to Nairobi’s private operators through a “pay-as-you-drive” scheme. Bhattacharya says that in doing so, buyers can purchase a BYD electric bus for a similar upfront cost as a diesel bus of a similar size.
As part of the deal, drivers receive free bus servicing and maintenance, and free charging. The charging infrastructure — which taps into the national grid — is being deployed along busy routes at stations where buses typically stop overnight. (The aim, says Bhattacharya, is to transition to electric “with no behavior change” on the part of drivers.)
BasiGo’s buses have a range of 250 kilometers (155 miles) and recharge in four hours. Under the company’s model, BasiGo retains ownership of the bus’s battery (“as much as 40-50% of the value of the vehicle”), which means after eight years or 600,000 kilometers (373,000 miles), the battery is replaced and the old battery either given a second life in a non-vehicular application or recycled, says Bhattacharya.
The startup says it has received over 100 reservations so far. It aims to have 100 buses on Nairobi’s roads by the end of the year and 1,000 buses operating by the end of 2025.

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