Kenyan-Swedish electric vehicle manufacturer Roam has launched the first mass transit electric bus to ply various routes in Nairobi. The bus, with a capacity of 90 passengers is part of the company’s strategy to build vehicles for mass transportation.
The company has revealed that its buses will ply Thika Superhighway, picking up and dropping off passengers at Allsops, Roysambu and Ruiru, among other designated stations. They will also be available on Mombasa Road and Waiyaki Way as the company prepares to introduce services along other routes.
“At Roam, we aim to guarantee access to comfortable, equitable and reliable public transport to shift the masses to electric public transport in Nairobi,” Dennis Wakaba, Project Coordinator, stated.
Fare charges for those routes and specific commuting points will conform with other Public Service Vehicles (PSVs).
Roam is working alongside pilot partner Kenya Mpya in the one-year project. The company hopes to address the unique challenges of public transport in Nairobi through reliable, sustainable, efficient, and modern mass transit solutions.
The Roam Rapid has a 384-kWh battery and can run for 360 km on a single charge. It takes approximately two hours for the bus to attain full charge. There are two 180kW DC chargers fitted at the Roam warehouse to cater to full charges and top-ups.