Africa Automotive: Electric gets cheaper in Kenya

It could soon be cheaper to drive an electric vehicle in Kenya than a conventional internal combustion engine motor vehicle.

The country is about to introduce a new tariff for the e-mobility sector that could make it up to eight times less expensive than driving an ICE vehicle, according to the Africa E-Mobility Alliance and this is regardless of whether the vehicle is charged during off-peak or peak hours.

The country’s main electricity supplier and retailer Kenya Power Lighting Company PLC (Kenya Power) applied for a tariff review to Kenya’s energy regulator, EPRA in February.

“A significant aspect of the initial application was the proposed special tariff for electric mobility.

“As a prominent stakeholder in the e-mobility ecosystem, Kenya Power has been actively promoting e-mobility and recognising it as a critical area that will sustain profitability and increase shareholder value,” says the Alliance.

This dovetails with the Kenyan government looking at attracting investment in the country’s e-mobility sector through tax incentives. Part of the plan is to also look at infrastructure development.

The country currently has 1 350 registered vehicles on the road and 35 e-mobility companies. Kenya Power’s E-Mobility Conference Report said the 1 350 represented 5% of newly registered vehicles in Kenya, with electric motorcycles accounting for 844 and three-wheelers 153.

According to the Africa E-Mobility Alliance, the final peak tariff for the e-mobility sector will be around 32 Kenyan shillings/kWh (24 US cents/kWh) and the off-peak tariff will be 22 Kenyan shillings/kWh (16 US cents/kWh).

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