Roam Launches its First Electric Buses in Kenya

Swedish-Kenyan technology company Roam has launched an electric bus targeting public transport as the race for e-mobility gains steam.

The mass transit bus, dubbed Rome Rapid, has a capacity of 90 passengers with room for both seating and standing commuters. The bus runs on a 384-kWh battery that the company says provides a range of 360 Km on a single charge. Roam says the bus has the ability to fully charge in less than 2 hours through DC charging ports, giving operators full flexibility to decide their charging and operating schedule.

The company said in a statement that they were looking to create a mobility solution that is inclusive, modern, efficient and sustainable.

“The focus for the bus has been to design a robust vehicle with best in class carrying capacity, range and comfort to enable mass adoption of clean transport across the continent.”

Dennis Wakaba, Roam Project Coordinator

Kenya has seen a growing demand for environmentally friendly transport with startups and local companies investing in the infrastructure and manufacturing of vehicles locally.

E-mobility is a critical plank in the global push to reduce pollution with clean-powered vehicles that will significantly cut the reliance on diesel and super.

Roam joins Kenyan electric vehicle start-up BasiGo which has launched Sh5 million passenger electric bus as demand for environmentally friendly transport rises.

Just recently, Roam also announced that it will be launching its electric motorcycles that interested parties will be able to buy through M-Kopa.
Car and General (C&G) also in January announced that it will start selling electric vehicles and tuk-tuks as part of a plan to diversify into the ‘green’ mobility business that is expected to grow amid a push to address climate change and pollution.

Electricity generator KenGen and supplier Kenya Power are currently angling to set up charging hubs of electric mobility units. KenGen has already set up one station in Nairobi and is now importing cars to test the hubs.

Kenya Power on the other hand announced on Tuesday that it would test its stations in Nairobi and Nakuru from next month. Charging still remains to be the biggest hurdle as we do not have enough charging stations.

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