Kenyan startup Launches new Ksh5 million electric PSV buses
By Moses Ngahu
A Kenyan owned start-up business known as BasicGo is about to unveil its business to residents of Nairobi and its environs. BasicGo has introduced a new Ksh5 million passenger electric bus as a way to increase demand for a more suitable environmental friendly transport.
The start-up company has revealed that they will introduce a 25-seater bus designed by the world’s largest manufactures of electric buses BYD Automotive. According to sources, the bus has a 250-kilometre range with a recharging period of less than four hours.
Those interested parties willing to buy the buses will be subjected to a daily subscription fee of Ksh20 per kilometre as a way to cover the leasing cost of the battery.
According to the company, owners of the buses will have to charge the batteries nightly at a BasiGo depot as well as service and maintain the buses.
“Today marks an important step towards a cleaner and brighter future for public transit in Kenya. We are thrilled to be partnering with other two pioneering public service vehicle (PSV) operators in Nairobi. The two operators will include the famous Citi Hoppa Sacco and East Shuttle,” BasiGo Chief Executive and the founder Jit Bhattacharya said.
Sources have confirmed that BasiGo is running a pilot programme with the two PSV operators in Nairobi. Also, it has been confirmed that Citi Hoppa will be deploying their new electric buses between the city centre and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport while East Shuttle will deploy their buses to the Eastlands routes.
“The new buses will be more advantageous to the owners as there is the possibility of less maintenance and cost as well as giving then the advantage over metro and diesel buses due to the rising cost of fuel. In addition, the buses will address most of the hussles PSV owners face and the project will be better for all PSV businesses everywhere,” the East Shuttle Director of Finance John Moses Kamau lamented.
“Kenya Power is ready to work with electric mobility firms by supplying electricity for charging the batteries. As a way to support the growth of electrified motorization in Kenya, Kenya Power will establish a liaison office which will act as our one-stop-shop as a way to champion the company’s mobility business,” Kenya Power CEO Rosemary Oduor stated.
From what we could gather, deliveries of the first locally assembled K6 electric buses will begin in the second half of the year 2022.