Roam Limited Launches Electric BRT Buses in Nairobi

Swedish firm, Roam Limited, has ventured into the public transport sector by launching one of a kind mass transit bus dubbed the Roam Rapid.

According to a press statement dated Saturday, August 20, the buses will be part of a  Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system being implemented in Nairobi County.

The electric buses have a capacity of 90 passengers allowing ample room and efficient boarding and disembarking of commuters with both seating and standing areas.

They also feature priority seats catering for different age groups and commuters, including the elderly and those with limited mobility.  Other characteristics include extended legroom, designated areas for wheelchairs, and a low-floor entry for easy access. 

The electric buses have zero tailpipe emissions and low noise pollution.

Roam buses which will officially start plying different routes on Wednesday, August 24, have a range that enables the operators to run their buses for a full day without worrying about charging.

“It also has the ability to fully charge in less than 2 hours through DC charging ports. Giving operators full flexibility to decide their charging and operating schedule, either fully charging at night or including a brief midday charge to top up the battery,” their statement read in part.

The implementation of the BRT system by the Swedish firm comes just days after Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority (Namata) acting director-general Francis Gitau stated that a similar plan by the government will be completed by August 2022. 

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