Kenya Power has committed to pump a whopping Sh258 million within the next three years in an effort to promote the uptake of electric vehicles in the country.

The pledge by Kenya Power will cater for setting up charging stations at various locations across Kenya, purchasing electric vehicles and motorcycles to assist in company operations.

As part of Kenya Power’s drive to boost e-mobility, the firm on Monday unveiled an EV charging station at Stima Plaza in Nairobi, which cost the company a total of Sh6.5 million.

The newly charging station launched by the power distributor comprises of two chargers; a 50 kW DC (one-hour charging time) and a 22 kW AC (two-hour charging time) charger.

This is the second EV charging station being launched by Kenya Power after unveiling another station at its Ruaraka Depot, which also hosts the company’s transport section.

“The future of transport is electric and as a Company, we are very excited to be leading the conversations around e-mobility,” said Kenya Power MD & CEO Dr (Eng) Joseph Siror.

He added: “Alongside our need to charge our electric vehicles, we intend to use our EV charging stations to collect data that will inform the next steps of our support to the growing E-mobility industry.”

The firm also plans to erect 9 other charging stations at its Donholm, Nakuru, Mombasa, Mtito Andei, Kisumu, Eldoret, Roysambu, Electricity House Nairobi and Ragati offices by the end of July 2024.

“We have set aside an annual budget of Sh20 million to set up EV charging stations at all our offices across the country.

“Beyond the additional charging stations that we intend to put up in the current financial year, we intend to install 10 additional facilities annually in 2025 and 2026.”

Kenya Power on Monday also unveiled two electric heavy-duty vehicles, which it purchased at a cost of Sh18 million and which the company intends to deploy for routine operations.

The listed company says it will scale its EV fleet by purchasing nine more electric vehicles in the heavy and light duty categories and 25 electric motorcycles by end of December 2024.

In 2021, Kenya Power, in collaboration with UNEP, completed the pilot of 13 electric motorcycles in its fleet and in the process got instrumental lessons on e-mobility adoption.

Earlier, the power transmitter, distributor and retailer piloted the use of electric forklifts and pallet stackers at the Kenyan company’s warehouses across Kenya from 2016 to 2018.

In its recent review, Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) ratified e-mobility power tariff for implementation to drive the uptake of EVs, e-motorcycles and e-bicycles.