Kenya Power to drop fuel cars for electric ones
Kenya Power has announced plans to drop fuel enabled vehicles for electric ones on looming calls to fight biting climate change globally.
The power utility, will in first phase, buy three electric cars at a cost of Ksh.40 million.
The three will include two pick-ups and one four-wheel drive car.
“We must play our rightful role to combat global warming by championing mitigation measures such as adoption of electric motorisation,’ said Kenya Power Acting Managing Director Geoffrey Muli.
The firm also said it will purchase a further 50 long-range electric bikes as part of plans to phase out fuel powered bikes in its medium term strategy.
According to Kenya Power, the country has enough electricity capacity of 3077 megawatts and an off-peak load of 1100 Megawatts to back the entire e-mobility system.
Bidders have already been invited for the construction of e-mobility network which will enable customers pay for the services via M-PESA or credit card.
Today, Kenya Power uses 13 electric bikes in conjunction with eh United Nations Environment Programme (ENEP) in metre reading.
Kenya has an estimated 1000 electric cars on its roads, including Tesla.
Some of the startups that have set their bases in the country include BasiGo, Kiri, and Opibus.