Rwanda signs agreement for introduction of electric buses in Kigali

On 23 June 2023 at 09:12

The Government of Rwanda has signed an agreement with Vivo Energy and the Rwanda Social Security Board (RSSB) for the supply of over 200 electric buses in Kigali.

In partnership with the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), Ministry of Infrastructure, and City of Kigali, Vivo Energy Rwanda and RSSB will procure the buses and build a charging and maintenance depot.

The agreement follows the completion of a feasibility study by Vivo Energy, in conjunction with the Ministry of Infrastructure and the City of Kigali, on the electrification of the public bus fleet in Kigali. The parties will now work towards the implementation of the project.

Speaking at the signing, Clare Akamanzi, Chief Executive Officer, RDB said: “It’s always a good thing when you have an investor that’s already doing business in Rwanda and wants to do more. It’s a vote of confidence in the country and the environment. We very much welcome this partnership, which will improve our public transport as Kigali is a fast-growing city. We are committed to making this happen.”

On his part, Hans Paulsen, Executive Vice President East and Southern Africa, Vivo Energy said that Rwanda has ambitious green development goals that will support the country to counter the effects of climate change on people and the economy.

"With our partners, we are delighted to be supporting the Government of Rwanda to help Kigali achieve its low-carbon goals and progress its electromobility plans. The introduction of electric buses in Kigali will not only contribute to the development of sustainable transportation but also serve as an exemplary initiative for other cities in Africa to follow," he noted.

Paulsen also thanked the Government of Rwanda for creating a conducive investment environment and went on to thank all the teams who have worked tirelessly to get to this milestone.

Pudence Rubingisa, the Mayor of Kigali City expressed commitment to the success of the project as it will ease public transport in Kigali.

"Everything that’s required for the seamless delivery and introduction of the electric buses will be in place in the coming months,” he said.

Regis Rugemanshuro, Chief Executive Officer, Rwanda Social Security Board also sexpressed delight for the partnership to invest in electric buses to improve public transport while prioritising sustainability.

"Together, we’re committed to enabling a greener future, and ensuring efficient and eco-friendly mobility for all,” he stated.

About the Rwanda Development Board

The Rwanda Development Board (RDB) is a government agency in Rwanda with a vision to transform Rwanda into a dynamic global hub for business, investment, and innovation. Its mission is to fast-track economic development in Rwanda by enabling private sector growth.

About Vivo Energy

Vivo Energy operates and markets its products in countries across North, West, East and Southern Africa. The Group has a network of over 2,600 service stations in 23 countries operating under the Shell and Engen brands and exports lubricants to a number of other African countries.

Its retail offering includes fuels, lubricants, card services, shops, restaurants and other non-fuel services. It provides fuels, lubricants, liquefied petroleum gas (LPG), and solar energy solutions to business customers across a range of sectors including marine, mining, construction, power, transport, wholesalers and manufacturing.

The Company employs around 2,800 people, has access to over 1,000,000 cubic metres of fuel storage capacity and has a joint venture, Shell and Vivo Lubricants B.V., that sources, blends, packages and supplies Shell-branded lubricants.

Officials from concerned institutions in a group photo after signing the agreement to introduce electric buses in Kigali.