Kenya Power has scheduled a two-day conference starting February 7 to develop a consultative framework that will support a coordinated approach toward implementing electric motorization in the country.
The E-mobility Conference will be attended by more than 300 participants from the energy, finance, and transport sectors, county governments, development partners, and the private sector.
The conference will advocate for the amalgamation of policies under development by different stakeholders to ensure that they capture all opportunities presented through the e-mobility value chain.
“We are looking forward to meeting and sharing knowledge and experiences on e-mobility with the various stakeholders in this industry.”
“The conference will offer an opportunity to map out the entire mobility value chain to drive investments and attract the participation of potential stakeholders to increase the uptake of electric vehicles,” Kenya Power’s Ag. Managing Director Geoffrey Muli said.
The conference comes at a time when electric motorization is gaining traction globally as electric vehicles have been identified as a sustainable source of transport and one of the many initiatives that global and policy leaders are adopting to redress the damage caused by human activity on the environment.
There are an estimated 3.1 million passenger electric vehicles on the road globally, with China accounting for 1.48 million.
In Kenya, it is estimated that there are at least 1,000 electric-powered vehicles currently on the country’s roads, ranging from two-wheelers, three-wheelers, and four-wheelers.
Demand is expected to accelerate in the coming years as car manufacturers increasingly roll out electricity-powered vehicles.
Participants at the conference will appraise themselves of available charging infrastructure, technologies, and ancillary services available in Kenya and beyond.
They will also explore ways of improving the existing charging infrastructure, review policies and regulations supporting the development of the charging system, and benchmark against regional and global leaders in e-mobility.
“As a Company that is providing a critical service to drive the social economic growth of the nation, we are at the center of electric motorization and therefore we are well positioned to ensure that we provide adequate and reliable electricity supply to spur the growth of this nascent industry,” Muli said.
Kenya Power has already announced plans to phase out fossil fuel-powered vehicles and motorbikes from its fleet in favor of electric-powered ones.
The Company has set aside Sh40 million in the current financial year to purchase three electric vehicles and to construct three electric vehicle-charging stations within Nairobi, both for the Company’s use and demonstration purposes.
The company drives the country’s socioeconomic development by providing a clean, affordable, and reliable electricity supply.
In line with its corporate strategy for business transformation and sustainability, Kenya Power has developed strategies for business growth within the e-mobility space.