Kenya Power has announced plans to phase out petrol and diesel-powered vehicles and motorbikes from its fleet in favour of electric ones as the country’s shift to clean transport gathers momentum.
The State-owned power utility has set aside Sh40 million this financial year to purchase three electric vehicles that include two pick-ups and one four-wheel drive on a pilot basis.
Part of the kitty will also be used in the construction of three vehicle-charging stations within Nairobi for the company’s use and for demonstration.
Kenya Power acting managing director Geoffrey Muli said the company will, in the medium term, purchase 50 long-range electric bikes as part of its larger plan to phase out fuel-powered motorbikes within its fleet.
“Kenya Power intends to substantially reduce its carbon footprint by purchasing more e-vehicles in the near future, including two-wheelers and three-wheelers. We must play our rightful role to combat global warming by championing mitigation measures such as adoption of electric motorisation,” said Mr Muli.
He spoke at the Swedish Embassy during the launch of electric motorbikes by Roam Motors.