Little launching Electric bus shuttle service,your thoughts?


So Techweez just reported that Little intend to launch an electric bus shuttle service in Nairobi…probably as a pilot,along certain routes…See article…

In reference to previous discussions on Uberpool and possible disruption of the entire local matatu/public bus industry beckoning,little,in partnership with a serious investor with the right strategy and financial muscle can upend the entire public transport industry and petroleum industry,charging stations replacing petrol stations…little,taxify and uber have reached a critical mass in the city with existing user engagement currently on a weekly or monthly basis…such a service will enhance engagement to an hourly/daily engagement with potential of making millions in revenue on a daily basis…All e-hailing services are already PSV compliant and there is very little legistlation or none that can stop them from taking over…All they need is enough buses,marketing power and infrastructure plus cash to burn for a period to grab marketshare from traditional players…What do you guys think? would you use such a bus if it was available in your area? what do you think the experience would be like?


Considering almost 3 of every 7 public transport users in this city have a smartphone capable of accomodating the app,users can schedule their daily commute including having the respective fares charged on their cards/mpesa…extra services,like wifi,food and drinks,adequate legroom/sitting area can be monetized…Monthly,weekly and daily tickets can be sold on the app,Tax authorities can have actual credible data and revenues from the app,per user,per duration thus shed light on revenues for the entire industry.Quality standards on public service vehicles will improve as various providers will seek to improve user experiences and charge them at a premium depending on the demographic…overall such data can inform decision making on infrastructure and various transport needs in Nairobi and maybe other towns in the future…


I’m quite optimistic about this. It will surely change a lot of things but only if Kenyans are willing to make the effort to adapt


The way I see it working is hailing a bus then gets you to select the type of bus you want, the time you wish to travel and the pick-up location. This means you don’t waste time at the bus stop, and get there when the bus is nearby for pick-up. No struggles to get on a bus, since even if you didn’t select the seat number, you are assured of a seat (some sanity), then there is an audit trail, if anything happened to you in the bus it’s easy to report and follow up.

What is not coming out properly is that Little may just implement the digital payments the Uber way and that may become mainstream, beating previous attempts by government and players like Safaricom and Google. This will essentially mean that buses have less need to stay parked at the bus stops waiting for passengers, thus reducing traffic. This also makes a case for long haul buses as opposed to ten small buses/vans.

Now the other thing that comes with this is the introduction of electric vehicles in Nairobi, accompanied by commercialization of electric charging stations. Once public service buses make the case for electric cars you will see entry of Nissan Leaf and other small electric cars among the middle class. We can also dream of these being powered by Solar.

Big dreams.


I agree Martin,the thing is well anything can happen…just three years ago Uber was non existent in the local taxi market,traditional players were exploiting consumers…then in two years Uber and little had already captured 90% of the corporate and consumer taxi market locally…thing is disruption is very possible. it may not seem like it but all the ingredients are there for this to happen to traditional public transport operators…electric cars and buses may be a long stretch but who knows…


This never happened, huh?


Yep,apparently it hasnt…And Sure Corp are yet to commence their proposed safiri express…I think either these projects have already been shelved or at the planning stages…


This is a really nice conceptualization.


This would be a big win< I have seen many people try the non smart way by having buses or matatus that pick and drop you from home to town and back, problem is it assumes everyone leaves work or home at the same time.
A smart bus would let users know where and when the bus will be at a certain time and maybe also for the driver to know if a user saying they are nearby to gauge on whether to wait or leave.