Kenya sets the bar for EV adoption
Electric vehicles are gaining traction in Kenya, thanks to the government's National Electric Mobility Plan, which focuses on developing a more environmentally friendly transportation system and launching a variety of programmes for sustainable road traffic management.
Kenya Power produced a report in April this year revealing how the country has seen growing interest from local and international parties interested in investing in and developing Kenya's E-Mobility sector.
According to the e-mobility research, the rise of this industry in the country and region will have a significant impact on the country's economy, lowering the cost of transportation for Kenyans.
According to the survey, there are over 1,350 electric-powered vehicles on Kenyan roads, with motorbikes accounting for 62% of the total. Motorcycle registrations have also doubled in the last five years to 252,601, according to the data, and there are 1.2 million motorcycles in Kenya.
In August of last year, the company issued an Expression of Interest , requesting interested parties to help with the implementation of the E-Mobility Network Infrastructure System.
The move is likely to hasten the global adoption of electric transportation, which has gained traction in recent years. Some of the companies working for the rapid adoption of electric mobility in Kenya are Roam, BasiGo, Opibus, Kiri, STIMA, EVM Africa, Caetano, and Agilitee Africa.
Roam unveiled the first mass transit electric bus in Nairobi in October of last year. STIMA, a battery-swapping technology business, has also teamed with OneElectric, an Indian electric motorcycle manufacturer, to supply over 3,000 electric motorcycles in Kenya
According to Epson, a global technology company, 72.1% of Kenyans are eager to invest in electric vehicles to address climate change. The recently released report, which gathered data from over 30,000 respondents in 39 markets throughout the world, offers light on global responses to climate change.
Kenya's president, William Ruto, has previously stated that his administration is committed to improving the country's climate action by implementing low-carbon and electric mobility systems.
''Adoption of electric transportation is a critical intervention to solve pollution concerns,'' he said.