In an inspiring stride towards an eco-friendly future, Metro Trans Limited, a prominent Nairobi-based bus company, has enriched its fleet with five state-of-the-art electric buses. This unveiling on Thursday, May 11, marks the company’s firm commitment to sustainable transportation.
The company, in collaboration with Basi Go, an ambitious e-mobility start-up aiming to upend the public transport sector, launched the fully-electric BasiGo buses. This venture offers public transport operators an economically viable alternative to diesel buses, thereby inching closer to a green revolution in urban mobility.
In celebration of this environmentally forward move and as an expression of gratitude to its loyal customer base, Metro Trans offered complimentary rides to Utawala on the day of the unveiling.
Earlier this year, on Valentine’s Day, Super Metro, another Kenyan matatu Sacco, presented its first electric bus to the public, a trend-setting 25-seater destined for routes between Nairobi’s central business district, Kitengela, and Kikuyu. Nelson Mwangi Nduki, the Sacco’s chairman, underscored the introduction of the electric bus as an effort to deliver efficient, high-quality services to its customers.
Jit Bhattacharya, BasiGo’s CEO, spoke of the Super Metro partnership, stating its mission to offer riders a cleaner, more comfortable commute, aligning with the ongoing global push to mitigate climate change.
The electric vehicle sector continues to show signs of growth in Kenya. Recently, the Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) revealed four electric vehicles – two SUVs and two double-cabin pickups – to support its shift from gasoline vehicles to green energy. The vehicles will assist the electricity giant in data collection and policy development. KenGen’s interim CEO, Abraham Serem, announced plans to install 30 charging stations nationwide, further propelling Kenya’s journey towards green transportation