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Kenya’s Energy Producer KenGen Rolls Out Electric Vehicles, to Launch 30 EV Stations Countrywide 

Kenya Electricity Generating Company PLC (KenGen), Kenya’s energy producer, has rolled out four Electric Vehicles (EVs) in Nairobi earlier today in a move to help Kenya transition from gasoline-powered vehicles to Electric Vehicles (EV).

The four vehicles, which include two SUVs and two double-cabin pickups will primarily be used for data collection and policy development as the company prepares to install over 30 EV charging stations across the country in 2023. Carry out a comprehensive analysis of the feasibility to transition its fleet to EVs and provide insights on initial technology choices for electric charging infrastructure in the country.

“I am glad to announce that in the next one year, we plan to roll out about 30 EV charging stations in major cities across the country. The four acquired EVs we are launching today will give the company first-hand experience and data on electric vehicles,” he said, adding that this is an endeavor they seek to conduct collectively with other stakeholders,” said KenGen Acting Managing Director and CEO, Abraham Serem.

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The rollout will be used to develop a blueprint for the conversion of the company’s fleet from Internal Combustion Engine (ICE) to electric vehicles as well as advice broader strategies on similar trends in the market by other players. This will also enable the company to save on fuel and maintenance costs, thus creating value for shareholders.

The EV revolution is here with us. Countries around the world are racing to phase out gasoline and petrol cars. France, England, Norway, India, China, USA, and the Netherlands are leading with either a goal to stop the sale of internal combustion engines by 2050 or have significant EV sales.

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In 2012, the Company embarked on a diversification agenda. KenGen is already offering consultancy and geothermal drilling services in Ethiopia and Djibouti. In the long run, the adoption of EVs will drive up power demand and is also envisioned to boost the Company’s revenues by way of selling more electricity to power transportation.

James Musoba
James Musoba
Studying Africa's startup and technology scene. I always look forward to discovering new exciting inventions and vibrant entrepreneurs.

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