Kenya launches first electric bus charging station-Xinhua

Kenya launches first electric bus charging station

Source: Xinhua| 2023-05-24 22:25:45|Editor: huaxia

NAIROBI, May 24 (Xinhua) -- Kenya on Wednesday launched its first charging station for public electric buses in an effort to boost the country's transition toward green mobility.

Jit Bhattacharya, CEO of BasiGo, a Kenyan startup, said the high-power DC fast charging station which has the capacity to charge six electric buses simultaneously was developed with the support of state-owned power utility, Kenya Power.

"The charging station is the first to be connected to Kenya's new e-mobility tariff that was approved in March this year that provides low-cost power for electric vehicle charging during night-time hours when the country has a surplus of renewable energy supply," Bhattacharya said.

Joseph Siror, managing director and CEO of Kenya Power, said the transport sector in the country currently contributes to 12 percent of all greenhouse gas emissions.

"Emissions of the transport sector are projected to rise to 17 percent in 2030, and in order to combat this trend, the e-mobility sector ought to be supported to grow and take off in the country," he added.