Roam, previously known as Opibus, has taken a monumental stride towards sustainable urban transportation with the launch of “The Roam Move,” a fully electric shuttle bus entirely designed and assembled in Kenya.
With a goal to usher in a new era of sustainable public transit driven by electricity, The Roam Move is more than just a vehicle; it represents Kenya’s capability in green mobility solutions and is a testament to the country’s commitment to eco-friendly transportation.
Equipped with a 170 kWh battery pack, the electric shuttle offers an impressive travel range of up to 200 kilometers on a single charge. This extended range ensures uninterrupted service throughout the day, meeting the needs of urban commuters. Thanks to its fast plug-in battery charging system, the bus can be fully charged in under two hours, making it highly reliable.
Also operating at affordable costs that are 50% lower than traditional buses, its streamlined construction, coupled with fewer moving parts and reduced maintenance needs, minimizes downtimes, leading to substantial savings, potentially as much as KES 35 per kilometer traveled.
Designed with Kenyan commuters in mind, The Roam Move offers a spacious interior capable of accommodating 51 passengers comfortably. Ergonomic seating, ample aisle space, and a whisper-quiet ride enhance the passenger experience while reducing noise pollution. The bus is also equipped with advanced safety features, including collision avoidance systems and driver assistance technology, ensuring a secure journey for all.
Assembled entirely in Kenya, The Roam Move exemplifies Roam’s mission to support local manufacturing and advancing the nation’s sustainability goals. This eco-friendly vehicle is set to revolutionize public transportation, addressing air quality concerns, reducing reliance on imported fossil fuels, and promoting the use of domestic renewable energy sources.
Dennis Wakaba, Roam’s Country Sales Executive, expressed his enthusiasm, stating, “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.”
As Africa takes significant steps toward a sustainable and eco-conscious future, The Roam Move represents a remarkable achievement in the continent’s transition to clean and green transportation solutions. Roam’s commitment to sustainability, local manufacturing, and environmental stewardship is sure to inspire similar innovations across the region, shaping the future of mobility in Kenya and beyond.