Zero carbon future! BasiGo, City of Kigali embark on localizing climate action in Rwanda through electric buses
With leveraging, utilizing the indigenous innovations found in Africa, BasiGo and City of Kigali have proudly kicked off a passenger pilot of Electric Buses expected to operate in Kigali. The pilot was tested on Monday, December 11, in Kigali’s Downtown Bus park.
The development is made for mainly two critical roles including lowering Carbon dioxide emissions for green economy and addressing the existing gaps in public transport in Kigali.
The first buses that are awaited will operate with companies including Royal express, Kigali Bus Service (KBS) and Volcano Ltd, plying routes in Zone 1 & 2. The buses will absolutely partner with AC Mobility to use the actual Tap&Go technology as the mode of transaction and for sticking on the country’s goal of cashless economy.
BasiGo is a Kenyan-based e-Mobility company, specialized in public transport by specially using electric buses.The company have achieved milestones in Kenya’s public transport and sought to scale up the initiative in Rwanda as the country aspire to build a green nation, friendly to the atmosphere and the biodiversity.
BasiGo represents commitment towards making affordable, clean, electric public transport for the future of Africa.
For instance, BasiGo in Kenya has driven over one million kilometers in operations and enthusiastically gearing up to copy it paste it in Rwanda. Rwanda’s e-Mobility is not new as electric motorcycles are increasingly operating in public transport and private transport, with the help of some initiators including Ampersand Rwanda.
The buses that are being dispatched in Rwanda can carry 70 seated passengers. They only require three hours to be charged and when full charged, they can travel 300km( longer distance than the one between Kigali and Rusizi).
Rwanda Energy Group ( REG) has partnered to allocate charging stations; like the one located at Rwandex in Kicukiro district that has already been built.
According to BasiGo, the first cohort of drivers of the electric buses have so far been trained on defensive and efficient driving, prior to the commencement of operations.
Although three companies have been selected for conducting the pilot, once more buses arrive for full operations, other transport companies will be allowed and encouraged to buy or rent the buses for adding them to their fleet. Basi Go says that a bus price can range from Rwf200 million and Rwf300 million.
With partners including City of Kigali and SOLUTIONS Plus&Urban electric mobility initiatives, the development awarded a fund of EUR 30,000 to enable it scale operations in Kigali. Moreover, Rwanda targets to have over 200 electric buses by 2025.