How and where to catch the electric buses in Nairobi and their costs

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Electric buses were the biggest disruptors of the public transport sector nationwide by 2022.

Several electric buses are operational in Nairobi on a test run, according to commuters’ rides in the green energy vehicles. However, a number of residents do not yet have access to the buses.

TBEN.co.ke established that there are three companies operating on different routes within the Nairobi metropolitan area. Here’s how and where to take the buses:

An image of a Roam Rapid electric bus in Nairobi CBD on January 16, 2023.

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One of the companies, Roam Rapid, operates its buses from the Central Business District (CBD) to Limuru via Waiyaki Way.

“Departure time from Koja Roundabout to Limuru is 7:00 am while from Limuru to CBD it is 8:15 am. The fare is Ksh100,” the company explains.

However, the price differs depending on the point of entry and exit. It clarified that the buses will pick up and drop off passengers at all stages along the route.

These include 87, Kinoo, Regen, Muthiga, Uthiru, Mountain View, Kangemi, TBEN Place, Safaricom, Westlands, Chiromo and GPO.

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Through a partnership with the Neo Kenya bus company, some buses run on the Thika Road Route. The PSVs are available at the terminus of the bus station.

On the other hand, BasiGo produces electric buses for sale. It also leases some of them to other bus companies such as Super Metro and City Hoppa.

The buses charge the same amount as on normal routes, varying between Ksh30 and Ksh100.

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Commuters can access the buses at various pick-up points at Kenya National Archives, Kencom and Ambassador stops.

The local companies carry out test drives on various routes on which the ply. Passengers can access the buses based on seat availability.

Electric buses are considered a safer option for diesel-powered PSVs because they use green energy and reduce air pollution.

An image of the newly launched BasiGo Electric buses launched at KICC on March 9, 2022.

An image of the newly launched BasiGo Electric buses launched at KICC on March 9, 2022.

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