ROAM unveils first mass transit electric bus in Nairobi

ROAM electric bus launched in Nairobi/COURTESY

NAIROBI, Kenya – Electric vehicle manufacturer ROAM has unveiled its first mass transit electric bus targeting urban areas.

The bus, which comes with a 77-passengers sitting capacity, can cover up to 360 kilometers before recharging.

It targets public transport providers, schools as well as private and Government institutions, providing them with an environmentally sustainable solution that is cheaper to maintain than fuel-run buses.

Speaking during the unveiling of the bus in Nairobi, Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) Managing Director Geoffrey Muli said that the firm is capable of supporting Kenya’s e-mobility eco-system with an installed capacity of 3077 megawatts (MW) and an off-peak load of 1100 MW.

“On its part, Kenya Power has set up an e-mobility liaison office to provide customers with a seamless experience,” “Through this office, we work with other stakeholders such as ROAM to support the development of the e-mobility ecosystem, which includes the identification of sites for potential charging stations, facilitation of connectivity and the testing of e-vehicles for potential investors,” Muli said.

Deployment of buses will initially be done within the Nairobi Metropolitan Area, which will later be scaled up to include other parts.

Along with the bus deployment, several charging points will be installed from Opibus’ already existing range of products.

ROAM’s Transit Board Member Denis Wakaba said the company will put up its own charging infrastructure to support the buses.

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Joel Cholo Brooks is a Liberian journalist who previously worked for several international news outlets including the BBC African Service. He is the CEO of the Global News Network which publishes two local weeklies, The Star and The GNN-Liberia Newspapers. He is a member of the Press Union Of Liberia (PUL) since 1986, and several other international organizations of journalists, and is currently contributing to the South Africa Broadcasting Corporation as Liberia Correspondent.

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