In an effort to boost the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and contribute to a greener future, Kenya Power, the national electricity distribution company, has received approval from the energy regulatory authority for a groundbreaking initiative. The company has successfully implemented a separate tariff specifically designed for EV charging, making electricity more affordable for EV owners.

Under this new tariff structure, electric vehicle users will enjoy discounted rates compared to domestic consumers. While the current price for a unit of electricity stands at Ksh.27 for domestic users, EV owners will pay a reduced rate of Ksh.17 per unit. Furthermore, during off-peak hours, the cost will be slashed even further to Ksh.9 per unit, providing an additional incentive for EV owners to charge their vehicles overnight.

Dr. Jeremiah Kiplagat, Director at the Institute of Energy, which oversees innovation at Kenya Power, expressed enthusiasm for the initiative. He highlighted the importance of utilizing excess energy during off-peak hours, stating, "Between 10 pm and 4 am, we have significant untapped energy that can be harnessed by EV users to charge their vehicles conveniently at home."

This initiative not only aims to drive the uptake of EVs but also aligns with Kenya Power's commitment to reducing the country's carbon footprint. By encouraging more customers to switch to electric mobility, the company hopes to play its part in mitigating emissions and promoting sustainable transportation.

Industry experts have emphasized the importance of government support to accelerate the transition to electric mobility. Specifically, they suggest providing incentives such as tax exemptions on EV purchases. Recognizing the higher initial costs associated with acquiring electric vehicles, these incentives would make them more accessible to a wider range of consumers.

Kenya Power's investment in charging infrastructure is also crucial for the widespread adoption of EVs and motorcycles. Insufficient charging infrastructure has been identified as a major hurdle to the transition. To address this challenge, Kenya Power has taken the lead in establishing a robust charging network, facilitating the growth of e-mobility in the country.

Last year, Kenya Power made headlines when it announced plans to phase out diesel and petrol vehicles. The company stated its ability to support the charging needs of up to 50,000 buses and two million motorcycles during off-peak hours, further demonstrating its commitment to sustainable transportation.

The approval of discounted electricity rates for EV charging by Kenya Power marks a significant milestone in the country's journey towards greener transportation. The initiative not only makes EVs more affordable but also encourages the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. As Kenya Power expands its customer base and invests in charging infrastructure, the vision of a sustainable and electrically powered future becomes increasingly attainable.