BasiGo, the electric bus company, has recently extended its services to Rwanda, establishing the country as its second operational hub following a successful two-year presence in Kenya. In partnership with AC Mobility, BasiGo aims to launch electric buses in Kigali by October 2023. Operators will not be required to pay full price for the buses. The strategic partnership aims to revolutionize the city’s transportation landscape. Three prominent bus operators, namely Kigali Bus Service, Royal Express, and Volcano Express, will join hands in this endeavor to bring eco-friendly electric buses to the streets of Kigali.
Jones Kizihira, CEO of AC Mobility Rwanda, expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming launch, stating, ““We are excited to partner with BasiGo to drive Rwanda’s public bus electrification. The country has recorded rapid transformation, creating a need for a more robust and cost-effective public transport system. The electric buses will help ease the cost burden of public bus transporters and advance Rwanda’s transition to clean mobility.” Jit Bhattachary, revealed that the decision to expand to Rwanda was driven by the country’s pioneering efforts in establishing a conducive environment for e-mobility.
According to BasiGo, AC Mobility holds a significant role as a technology provider for Rwandan public transport operators. Their fare collection systems are extensively utilized on city buses in Kigali. Through the strategic partnership between BasiGo and AC Mobility, bus operators will enjoy a seamless experience that encompasses both fare collection and the operations of e-Buses. This collaboration aims to streamline and enhance the overall efficiency of public transportation in Rwanda’s capital city.