The Roam Rapid is an all-electric mass transit bus that was just introduced by the Kenyan startup Roam, formerly known as Opibus.
It was created expressly to address the specific problems with public transportation in Nairobi and throughout Africa.
Roam, a pioneer in locally developed and produced electric vehicles was founded in 2017.
Its goal is to develop dependable, affordable products for the general market throughout all of Africa.
The business introduced the Roam Rapid, the first electric bus in Kenya intended for public transit, late last year after raising US$7.5 million in equity and grant funding to help it scale its operations.
The bus has a capacity of 90 passengers, allowing for plenty of space, quick commuter boarding and disembarking, as well as both seating and standing areas.
“The solution Roam delivers to the Kenyan market allows us to move people in a manner that is economical, sustainable, and timely. According to Dennis Wakaba, project coordinator at Roam, the bus is not only intended to boost comfort and save costs, but it also prioritizes the welfare of the populace through decreased noise pollution and the elimination of local emissions, improving air quality for cities across Africa.
The bus has a 384 kWh battery pack, which gives it a 360-kilometer range. Additionally, it features DC charging connections and can be fully charged in less than two hours.
Roam Rapid is setting the path for Africa’s next-generation public transportation system and boasts zero exhaust emissions and little noise pollution.
With its long battery life, bus companies need not worry about recharging their vehicles during the day.
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Zembo, a Ugandan electric mobility startup, has received $3.4 million in funding to help it expand
Opibus, a manufacturer of electric vehicles in Sub-Saharan Africa, secures $7.5 million.