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Naivasha gets its first electric vehicle charging station

UN Habitat Assistant Secretary General and Deputy Director Michal Mlynar (L) with Electric Go Manager Even Maina inspect a vehicle charging machine during the launch of the first Electric charging system in Naivasha on Monday. PHOTO | KNA

Electric Go has introduced the first electric vehicle charging station in Naivasha Town to promote use electric vehicles in the region.

the firm’s managing director Eve Maina said Electric Go has plans to launch 300 EV charging stations across the country within a year.

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“We intend to champion the adoption of e -transport solutions in the country and help the country move from fossil or carbon oils in powering the motor industry,” said Maina.

Maina noted that in the last eight months electric car users had increased form less than 1,000 to the current 1,500 and the numbers will continue growing as the charging gadgets and components become more and more accessible to Kenyans.

“We intend to help the Government in its plan to increase electric vehicles in the country by 2025 to over 200,000 which is over 5pc of all the registered vehicles in the country,” she added.

She stated that they will mitigate the lack of infrastructure by integrating renewable energy sources such as solar in their products.

Maina said the Government had currently set tariffs for EV charging at Ksh 17 per kilowatt-hour during peak hours and Ksh 8 per kilowatt –hour during off-peak which translate to Ksh 20 per kilometer which makes a lot of economic sense to commercial vehicles owners.

While hailing the Government for reducing exercise duty on the EV products, Maina urged the Government to do the same to customs duty as the local maturing of these products is still taking shape.

United Nations (UN) Habitat Assistant Secretary-General and Deputy Director Michal Mlynar who was present was full of praise for the venture saying such projects will bring sustainability in the cities and the country.

“Such ventures should be encouraged for a sustainable future as it promotes accessible charging solution and other hybrid solutions to encourage electric car adoption in the country,” said Mlynar.

He observed that the current energy crisis in the country creates a need to look for solutions not dependable on oil, fossils and Kenya is blessed in this regard as she has made progress in the renewable energy and reduced her dependence on fossil.

To this end, he urged both the National and County Governments to support these initiatives and urged the youth in the country to lead this change to electric vehicles.

“By 2050, car producers will shift to producing hybrid or electric vehicles and hence, Green solution is the way to go,” Mlynar stated.

He revealed that 70pc of carbon emissions in urban areas is caused by motor-vehicles cars and this should be reduced ostensibly by 2030.

Any small contribution to reduce these emissions is a step in the right direction in order to save our environment,” Mlynar said.

He suggested that funding for small scale companies involved in this project in the country should be encouraged and added that there was need to bring on board private institutions and local and international lenders to help grow this venture which he said was on very high demand.

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