Super Metro Sacco, one of Nairobi’s leading public transport operators, has announced the introduction of its first electric bus as part of its fleet.
Supplied by Kenyan electric mobility startup BasiGo, the 25-seater K6 Electric bus starts operating today and will ply the CBD to Kikuyu and CBD to Kitengela routes.
“Kenya has a vibrant public transport system that provides a vital service to millions of people each day. Today, we are proud to hand over this transformative bus to Super Metro, one of Nairobi’s leading public transport operators. Through this partnership, BasiGo and Super Metro are bringing Nairobi commuters a cleaner, quieter and more comfortable journey on buses powered by 90% renewable energy generated right here in Kenya,” Jit Bhattacharya, CEO BasiGo said.
The K6 is a 25-seat, 250 km range electric bus that recharges in less than 4 hours and is designed by BYD Automotive, the largest manufacturer of electric vehicles in the world. The K6 electric bus introduced by BasiGo includes a premium passenger coach with synthetic leather seats, free WiFi, USB charging ports and an onboard television screen.
“Super Metro prides itself on providing excellent and seamless services to our customers. Our decision to introduce electric buses into our fleet is therefore based on our desire to be a leading and efficient transport partner for all our commuters. We have acquired the bus to offer our customers a top-notch ride experience and look forward to hearing positive feedback from our drivers and passengers. To mark our first electric ride, all passengers who ride on our electric bus today will enjoy a free ride. In addition, since it’s Valentine’s Day, we’re sharing the love with our passengers by giving a cupcake to everyone who rides on our electric bus today,’’ Super Metro Sacco chairperson, Nelson Mwangi Nduki said.
Since launching in March 2022, BasiGo’s electric buses have driven over 150,000 kilometers and carried over 200,000 passengers as part of fleet operations with 2 Nairobi bus operators. BasiGo plans to supply over 1,000 locally manufactured mass transit electric buses to transport operators in Kenya over the next three years.