BasiGo Company and Kenya Power have launched Kenya’s first public electric bus charging station.
Located in Nairobi’s Buruburu area, the charging station currently has the capacity to charge six buses simultaneously. There are, however, plans to upgrade the station by the end of the year, allowing it to accommodate up to 25 vehicles at once.
Electrifying mobility: With the introduction of this new station, BasiGo expands its charging infrastructure and now operates three stations. These stations have the capability to charge over 20 electric buses, replacing the consumption of 20,000 litres per year of imported diesel with 50 MWh of clean, renewable electricity generated locally in Kenya, supporting the growth of the electric vehicle (EV) industry while promoting sustainable transportation.
The facility is the first one linked to the nation’s e-mobility tariff approved by the Energy & Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) in 2023. The e-mobility tariff provides low-cost power for electric vehicle charging during nighttime hours when Kenya has a surplus of renewable energy supply.
Future plans: By the end of 2023, BasiGo aims to open its charging stations for public use, allowing electric cars and trucks to be charged conveniently. Additionally, BasiGo plans to expand its charging infrastructure across Nairobi and eventually throughout the entire country, establishing a network of accessible charging stations. These initiatives are part of BasiGo’s broader objective to facilitate the deployment of 1,000 electric buses to bus operators in Nairobi within the next three years.