Kenya Power has joined hands with Kenya Electricity Generating Company to unveil electric charging points in Kenya.
Kenya Power managing director Bernard Ngugi said the move is aimed at boosting demand for electric cars in the country, and reduce reliance on petrol and diesel.
“As part of our implementation plan, we are developing appropriate infrastructure and building internal capacity to enable us to support the use of electric vehicles across the value chain,” he said.
Kenya Power plans to set up electric charging points at shopping malls, along major highways and at parking lots.
So far, there are electric charging stations at The Hub Karen, Two Rivers Mall and Thika Road Mall.
Electric cars have become popular in the Western countries notably U.S, Germany, Netherlands and the U.K. In Kenya, lack of proper infrastructure, and technical support have hindered the adoption of electric cars
According to the Business Daily, the price of an entry-level electric car is about Ksh6 million – which can buy you a luxury petrol or diesel-powered car.
Boost From KRA
In a bid to boost demand for electric cars, the Kenya Revenue Authority has reduced excise duty on electric cars from 20 percent to 10 percent
Some of the well-known car manufacturers that are now producing electric vehicles are Nissan, Volkswagen, Mitsubishi, and the best known of them Tesla.
Their range on full charge varies with the model. Though hybrid systems have been around in Kenya for over 10 years, its only recently that fully-electric cars have been embraced by the market.
The Nissan Leaf was the first fully-electric car to enter the grey imports market in Kenya, circa 2014.