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BasiGo launches Electric Buses in Nairobi promising 250km range

Story Highlights
  • BasiGo is taking reservations for the K6 Electric Bus
  • The K6 is a 25-seater with 250KM of Range
  • The K6 takes 4 hours to charge
  • BasiGo is offering Pay-As-You-Drive battery financing program
  • Cost of bus is KES 5 Million, plus Subscription charges covering leasing of battery, charging, and maintenance
  • Deliveries begin second half of 2022

BasiGo, a startup in Nairobi yesterday flagged off its first electric buses for passenger use. The startup is partnering with Citi Hoppa and East Shuttle in Nairobi for its pilot phase.

Citi Hoppa will be deploying the BasiGo electric bus on routes between the city centre and Jomo Kenyatta International Airport.  East Shuttle plans to deploy their electric bus on the Eastlands side of Nairobi. The electric bus pilot program will give passengers along these routes the chance to ride in the electric bus just like any other matatu.

BasiGo says the buses arrived in the country in December 2021 and have undergone extensive validation and reliability testing in preparation for the pilot launch.

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The launch brought together officials from the Kenyan government, BYD Automotive, and Kenya Power and Lighting Company. Kenya Power and BYD are strategic partners with BasiGo. The buses are designed by BYD, and Kenya Power is set to help with the charging infrastructure.

“We are ready to play our part in the electrification of transportation and will strive to support this endeavour and the transformation of the country to mitigate the effects of climate change,” said Kenya Power CEO and Acting Managing Director, Eng. Rosemary Oduor.

“With Kenya’s abundant renewable electricity to power these buses, we can make Kenya a global leader in the shift to sustainable public transit.” said Jit Bhattacharya, CEO and Co-Founder at BasiGo.

BasiGo has launched electric buses for public use in Nairobi partnering with Citi Hoppa and East Shuttle for the pilot phase.
Moses Nderitu (BasiGO), Jit Bhattacharya (CEO BasiGo), Daniel Kiptoo (DG-Epra), Rosemary Oduor (Ag CEO KPLC) & Dr. Eng. Joseph Njoroge (PS State dept. of Transport)

The Ministry of Energy and Petroleum Principal Secretary said, “We are currently working towards launching the BRT system in Nairobi to ease traffic and our goal is to have electric buses used. These buses from BasiGo are proof that we can make that a reality and work towards building a sustainable transport sector.”

Citi Hoppa Operations Director said, “We are excited to pilot test this new electric bus technology and see how it performs as part of our regular bus operations. We believe passengers will particularly enjoy the quiet and comfort of commuting on the electric bus, and we know these buses can have a positive impact on our environment. This innovation is timely as it gives bus operators an alternative to the regular diesel buses.”

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BasiGo also announced that they are now taking reservations for the first production units of the K6 Electric Bus.

The K6 is a 25-seat, 250 km range electric bus that recharges in less than 4 hours. Through BasiGo’s unique Pay-As-You-Drive battery financing program, owners can purchase the K6 for KES 5 Million plus a daily subscription fee equal to KES 20 per kilometre which includes the cost of leasing the battery, nightly charging at a BasiGo depot, and service and maintenance for the electric bus.

Customers can reserve the K6 electric bus with no deposit and no cancellation penalty.  BasiGo shared that delivery to customers of the first locally assembled K6 Electric Buses will begin in the second half of 2022.


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