Electric cars race to push out petrol, diesel, as Kenya Power unveils charging stations

for Tv47 Digital March 03, 2021, 09:32 AM
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Kenya Power has joined hands with KenGen in unveiling electric car charging point along major highways, and at shopping malls and parking lots. PHOTO/COURTESY

NOPIA rides company runs a fleet of fully-electric Nissan Leafs. A complete charge has a range of 385Kms. PHOTO/COURTESY

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.

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