18th September, Nairobi, Kenya - Marking a major advancement toward sustainable urban transit, Roam has today announced the launch of the Roam Move. This is an electric shuttle bus fully designed and assembled in Kenya. As the first Kenyan company to introduce a locally manufactured electric bus, this launch builds onto the company’s continued work to achieve a sustainable public transit run by electricity.
The all-electric bus, The Roam Move, is a zero-emissions shuttle bus fashioned for high performance through unmatched design, with each detail developed to provide an exceptional passenger experience.
Equipped with a 170 kWh battery pack, the electric shuttle bus can travel 200 km on a single charge. This extended range ensures uninterrupted service throughout the day, catering to the demands of urban commuters. Utilizing fast plug-in battery charging that ensures the bus is fully charged in less than two hours, the Roam Move builds on electric mobility’s legacy of being reliable.
Moreover, the Roam Move boasts operating costs that are 50% lower, attributed to its exemption from expensive maintenance and its streamlined construction with fewer moving parts, thereby minimising downtimes. These combined factors lead to substantial savings, amounting to as much as KES 35 per kilometre journeyed.
Designed with the needs of Kenyan commuters in mind, The Roam Move boasts an impressive array of features. The electric bus possesses a spacious interior with a capacity to accommodate 51 passengers, ergonomic seating, spacious aisles, and a whisper-quiet ride that enhances the passenger experience while reducing noise pollution in densely populated areas. The bus is also equipped with cutting-edge safety features, including collision avoidance systems, advanced driver assistance, and robust structural integrity.
The Roam Move differs from Roam’s other electric bus offering known as the Roam Rapid, a mass transit electric bus designed for Africa’s Bus Rapid Transit system.
This electric shuttle bus represents a fusion of innovation, technology, and environmental consciousness. Assembled entirely in Kenya, the bus exemplifies Roam's commitment to supporting local manufacturing while advancing the nation's sustainability goals. This vehicle is poised to revolutionize public transportation by providing a zero-emission solution that addresses air quality challenges, reduces reliance on imported fossil fuels, and promotes domestic renewable energy utilization.
Dennis Wakaba, Roam’s Country Sales Executive says, “We are thrilled to introduce 'The Roam Move,' Kenya's very own electric shuttle bus. This achievement aligns perfectly with our vision of fostering sustainable transportation solutions that make a positive impact on our environment and our communities. The launch of this electric shuttle bus represents not only a significant step forward in our commitment to sustainability but also a testament to the talent and potential within Kenya's manufacturing industry."
Roam Move Specifications:
Battery Capacity: 170 kWh
Range: 200 km fully loaded
Dimensions (LxHxW): 9500×2500×3200 mm
Fastest Charging time: 1.5hrs
Door system: 1 main passenger door + driver door
Seat capacity: Up to 51 passengers
Top Speed: 80 km/h
Weight: 13,500 kg
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. Roam is today the leading provider of electric vehicles in Africa and was recently a finalist in Prince Williams, Earth Shot Prize.