Power generator KenGen is investing in electric car charging systems as it eyes new revenue streams, Business Daily reports.
KenGen Strategy and Innovation Director David Muthike said Monday through a webinar that the firm is positioning itself to the possibilities of rolling out electric public service vehicles as Kenya eyes reduced reliance on diesel.
“The case to have electric vehicles is there and KenGen is ready to support that with renewable energy,” said Mr Muthike in the webinar convened by Energy Society Kenya.
“On innovation, we are exploring to participate in manufacturing and we have also rolled out charging infrastructure with a pilot within our premises.”
Mr Muthike did not, however, give details on the location of the pilot vehicle charging infrastructure.
It is quite commendable that KenGen is exploring the idea of having an electric car charging infrastructure in the country.
The use of electric vehicles has been gaining momentum in western countries such as the Netherlands, Germany and US as the world turns attention to cutting down on carbon emission.
However, the high price, insufficient charging infrastructure and energy-storing batteries have been cited as the main challenges to adoption and growth of the electric vehicle industry in African countries such as Kenya.