The uptake of electric vehicles in Kenya currently stands at 5% -- a majority of which are private vehicles. But the situation is about to change following an announcement that the new Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) network in the country's capital, Nairobi, will only be operated by green (electric, hybrid and biodiesel) vehicles. The BRT is a bus-based public transport system that delivers fast, comfortable, and cost-effective services within metropolitan areas.
The authority in charge of the establishment and implementation of "a reliable, efficient and sustainable" transport system within the Nairobi metropolis- Nairobi Metropolitan Area Transport Authority, NAMATA- has, in a notice, invited dealers to present their bids for the sale or lease of electric, hybrid and biodiesel buses to its administration. The leasing options cover three, seven and 12-year periods.