BasiGo, the Kenyan e-mobility startup providing public transport bus owners with a cost-effective electric alternative has announced the delivery of 5️ new electric buses to MetroTrans Limited.
These buses will bring comfortable, clean, and safe public transport service to Nairobi’s Kikuyu and Utawala routes passengers. This delivery represents the largest fleet of electric buses to enter operation with a single Nairobi bus operator.
In addition to being 100% electric, MetroTrans and BasiGo are partnering to make these buses 100% cashless, bringing ease and convenience payments to passengers.
With Kenya’s 90% renewable electricity, these five electric buses will mitigate approximately 2,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions over their life, while reducing Kenya’s demand for imported diesel fuel by almost 100,000 Liters per year.
In January, this year, BasiGo partnered with the Associated Vehicle Assemblers Ltd (AVA) to assemble its buses in the country.
The two companies aim to manufacture over 1,000 electric buses in the next 3 years, creating over 300 new manufacturing jobs and an additional 300 jobs in the ecosystem of charging, maintenance and financing.
This partnership will also see the company assemble 33-seater buses as the company seeks to phase out the 25-seater buses used in the pilot project guided by feedback from Public Service Vehicle (PSV) operators. With this partnership, BasiGo, the first company to introduce electric buses into Kenya also became the first to assemble EVs locally.