Electric Mass Transit Bus Launched in Kenya
“Mobility is the cornerstone for the general growth of a society,” according to the Siemens
Stiftung’s “Testing E-Mobility Business Models at WE Hub Victoria Limited in Kenya” field report.
“It allows the population access to jobs, markets, social amenities, and health care.”Furthermore, mobility itself generates jobs.Many African nations, where the vast majority of the population lacks access to dependable transportation, might benefit greatly from the availability of affordable and dependable transportation services. The expansion of mass transit options, especially greener ones like
high-capacity electric buses, will be a crucial driver of economic growth. Since the transportation industry also contributes significantly to emissions, it is essential to implement electromobility quickly. Given that private transportation choices like automobile ownership are often out of reach for many people, high capacity electric buses will enable the bulk of the commuter population to have access to electric mobility sooner rather than later.
Roam (prev. Opibus), A Swedish-Kenyan technology business that develops, produces, and installs electric vehicles specifically for the African continent hopes to accelerate the uptake of large-capacity electric buses in Africa. The company was created in 2017. The Roam Rapid, a brand-new electric mass transit bus, has just been introduced by Roam. The Roam Rapid was created expressly to address the distinct problems with public transportation in Nairobi and throughout Africa.
The Roam Rapid, the first of its kind in Kenya, provides a solution for the increasing number of cities putting Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) systems in place across the continent. The Rapid, according to Roam, is the first bus in Kenya created specifically for public transit. With a large passenger capacity of 90, there is plenty of room for commuters to board and disembark, and there are standing and sitting areas. The bus includes more legroom, specific spaces for wheelchairs, priority seating for the elderly and others with restricted mobility, and a low-floor entrance for simple access. By offering a mobility option that is inclusive, contemporary, effective, and sustainable, Roam hopes to change people’s perceptions of public transportation vehicles. The Roam’s Rapid paves the path for the next generation of public transportation with zero tailpipe emissions and minimal noise pollution.African transportation network. Since Kenya’s system is primarily supplied by renewable energy sources, the
electricity used to charge these electric buses will be extremely clean. Kenya generated 89% of its electricity from renewable sources in 2021, including geothermal, wind, hydro, and even utility-scale solar. When it comes to installed geothermal capacity, Kenya ranks in the top 10 countries in the world and is one of the major players in the geothermal industry. The installed geothermal capacity in Kenya is presently very nearly 1,000 MW. With a potential of 10,000MW, geothermal in Kenya has a lot more opportunity to grow. According to Kenya’s
industrialization goal, this stable, renewable geothermal energy can support economic growth and guarantee enough electricity.the assembly and manufacturing of electric vehicles, as well as the field of electric mobility, to grow through supply.
All of this locally produced, clean, renewable electricity has the potential to improve Kenya’s energy security and lower transportation costs. According to Roam, operational costs can be cut by up to 50%, and the ease of after-sale transactions reduces downtime, allowing for higher operator margins and lower commuter costs overall, setting a new standard for transportation on the African continent.
By promoting the adoption of electric vehicles like these large capacity buses, Kenya also stands to gain significantly from the substitution of a sizeable percentage of its imported petroleum products with this locally produced clean electricity. Petroleum items make up a significant portion of Kenya’s import budget. The expanded range of the Roam Rapid enables the bus owners to use their vehicles for an entire day without worrying about charging. The bus has a 384 kWh battery pack, which gives it a 360 km range. Also, it features DC charging connections and can be fully charged in less than two hours.With complete control over their charging and running schedule, owners can choose to fully charge at night or include a quick midday charge to top off the battery.
Designing a sturdy bus with best-in-class carrying capacity, range, and comfort has been the main goal for the bus in order to promote widespread use of clean transportation across the continent. Roam also features effective localization strategies with local collaborators. The buses will be partially constructed in the area and assembled locally. With a strong local presence, after-sale services will be made easier and more jobs will be created, which will assist combat the rising unemployment rate.
“The solution Roam delivers to the Kenyan market allows us to move people in a manner that is economical, sustainable, and timely. The bus is made to be more comfortable and affordable, but it also prioritizes the well-being of the passengers by reducing noise pollution and local emissions, which improves air quality in African towns. — Dennis Wakaba, Roam’s project manager
Roaming Mass Transit Specifications for Electric Mass Transit
384 kWh of battery capacity
Distance: 360 kilometers
Top speed is 70 km/h Dimensions (LxHxW): 12500 x 3300 x 2550 mm
Seat capacity: Up to 90 passengers
2 hours is the fastest charging time (DC fast charging)
Climate control for further comfort
Easy access through low-floor entry with kneeling capability
Wheelchair ramp and large doors
Additional legroom for comfort
Four seats with preference for the elderly or those with impairments
Triple-sized double doors
Electric Mass Transit Bus is now the game changer in the transportation industry