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Kenya power to start construction of charging hubs for electric vehicles


Kenya Power has announced plans to is to start the construction of electric charging centres for electric vehicles in the country.

The company advertised an Expression of Interest (EOI), inviting relevant partners to assist in the implementation of the Electric Vehicle charging system, E-Mobility Network Infrastructure System (ENIS) from September.

The move is expected to accelerate the uptake of electric mobility which has gained momentum across the world over the last couple of years. Several companies have already set shop in Kenya to build various products in response to rising demand.

“Kenya Power intends to implement an e-mobility network infrastructure system. The system will ensure that e-mobility customers in Kenya can be served in a seamless manner countrywide where Kenya Power has grid presence.”

The world hopes to make a complete shift to electric mobility in the future. The European Commission has outlined plans to ban on the sale of diesel and petro-powered vehicles by 2035.

In Kenya, startups such as Roam (formerly Opibus),  BasiGo, Opibus, Kiri, Nopea Ride, EVM Africa, Caetano, and Agilitee Africa are some of the companies pushing for the quick adoption of electric mobility.

Kenya power plans to start building these facilities in Nairobi and Nakuru before rolling them across the country. The facilities, are expected to be operational by 2023 and will power 50,000 buses and two million motorbikes.

Kenya power says its giving itself six months “to assess the potential and complexity of the electric mobility ecosystem before large-scale implementation throughout the country”.

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