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Kenya’s BasiGo Wins Keeling Curve Prize 2022

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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 BasiGo, an e-mobility startup headquartered in Nairobi, has won the Keeling Curve Prize (KCP), awarded by the Global Warming Mitigation Project (GWMP).

BasiGo is an electric vehicle technology offers state-of-the-art electric buses from BYD Automotive along with charging and maintenance services for bus operators in East African cities. BasiGo also makes electric buses affordable to operators through an innovative financing model that allows operators to pay for the battery and charging separately from the bus through a “Pay-as-you-Drive” financing arrangement. BasiGo began pilot testing electric buses in Nairobi in early 2022.  To learn mor

 The award celebrates the impactful climate mitigation efforts of global projects, and this year’s winners are recognised for innovations such as green nitrogen fertilizer production, seaweed cultivation for cattle feed, alcohols produced from CO2 and e-mobility.

Each year, the Keeling Curve Prize awards $25,000 to 10 projects and programs across the globe with demonstrated success in reducing, eliminating, avoiding, or drawing down greenhouse gases out of the atmosphere. The 2022 prize attracted nearly 400 applications.

GWMP’s Executive Director, Jacque Francis, announced the winners at this year’s KCP Winners Ceremony, held live in Darmstadt, Germany. Francis shared, “Greenhouse gas emissions are the driving force behind the climate emergency. This can and must be addressed, worldwide. Elevating and investing in proven projects and programs is a valuable way the GWMP is lighting up the landscape for a liveable future.”

Jit Bhattacharya, Co-Founder and CEO at BasiGo added, “I was proud to just be selected as a finalist and being selected as a winner of this year’s Keeling Curve Prize is beyond words. We began this journey with a mission to show the world that East Africa could be a leader in the fight against climate change and are proud to have our vision recognized. There is a lot of work ahead, but we look forward to continuing this journey of electrifying mobility in Kenya and beyond.”

Other winners from this year include Koko Networks – an international technology company leading the way in clean ethanol cooking fuel and cooking products located in Nairobi, Kenya, Wastezon, Enzinc, Symbrosia, Nitricity, Canopy, Air Company, MEETS Coalition and GreenMax Capital Advisors.

BasiGo has been piloting two electric passenger buses in Nairobi, in partnership with Citi Hoppa and East Shuttles, since March 2022. The buses have covered over 42,000 kilometres of passenger operations.

The company offers state-of-the-art electric buses from BYD Automotive along with charging and maintenance services for bus operators in East African cities. BasiGo also makes electric buses affordable to operators through an innovative financing model that allows operators to pay for the battery and charging separately from the bus through a “Pay-as-you-Drive” financing arrangement. BasiGo began pilot testing electric buses in Nairobi in early 2022.  

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