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May 22, 2024
  • The partnership will introduce 10 CBS electric buses by the close of 2024 and 200 CBS electric buses operational across Kenya by the end of 2026.
  • This collaboration is focused on promoting localized manufacturing, enabling quick turnaround times while prioritizing product innovation through tailored solutions that meet the client's specific needs.
  • Roam’s collaboration with financiers to offer an asset finance facility will enable CBS to assume ownership of the vehicles.

The Roam Move electric bus on the road

Nairobi, Kenya — April 26th, 2024 — Roam has joined forces with County Bus Service (CBS), a leading public transport operator, to introduce 10 electric buses by the close of 2024, with the ambition to have 200 electric buses operational across Kenya by the end of 2026. This landmark collaboration marks a significant step towards revolutionizing the commuter experience within Kenya's public transportation network.

CBS, renowned for its commitment to transforming public transportation in Kenya, has already integrated Roam buses into its fleet over the past four months, gaining invaluable operational insights.

To support this endeavor, Roam will establish charging depots to meet the charging requirements. The Roam electric buses are distinguished by their affordability reducing operational costs by more than 50%, offering comfort and convenience.

Roam buses are designed and manufactured in Kenya enabling benefits from a localized manufacturing approach, facilitating rapid improvements and innovation. Furthermore, Roam has collaborated with financiers to offer an asset finance facility, enabling CBS to assume ownership of the vehicles. This financing model not only ensures immediate profitability for CBS but also has the lowest total cost of ownership compared to alternative business models available in the market.

Felix Eningsjo, Regional Sales Executive at Roam commented, "We are thrilled to collaborate with CBS in deploying Roam electric buses and charging infrastructure. This partnership not only expands access to electric buses but also underscores our commitment to promote sustainable transport solutions into everyday life."

"We are proud to be the inaugural local transport company to embark on this transformative project, offering clean, efficient, and affordable transportation solutions. This symbiotic relationship is poised to deliver exceptional value to both parties, and we are dedicated to ensuring customer satisfaction,” Hon. Jessee Wanyeki, Chairman at CBS remarked. "Maintaining consistent fare prices will now be achievable for transport operators, empowering passengers to anticipate fares reliably, unlike previous scenarios influenced by fluctuations in fuel prices."

The Roam Move electric bus on the road

About Roam

Roam is a technology company that develops, designs and deploys electric vehicles tailored for the African continent, leading the transition to sustainable transport. Founded in 2017, it became the first company to deliver locally produced electric motorcycles and buses. With over 200 employees, Roam is today the leading provider of electric vehicles in Africa and was recently a finalist in Prince Williams, Earth Shot Prize.

About County Bus Service (CBS)

County Bus Service (CBS) Ltd is a forward-thinking bus operating company committed to enhancing the public transport experience. Founded in 2022, CBS has emerged as a frontrunner in the electric bus segment.