Kenya has taken a significant step towards promoting electric mobility with the launch of its new e-mobility tariff. The Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) implemented the new electricity tariffs effectively, aiming to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the country. This tariff review includes a special tariff regime specifically designed for the electric mobility sector.
The E-Mobility Tariff Details and Benefits
Under the new e-mobility tariff, consumers will enjoy a favorable pricing structure. Energy consumption up to 15,000 kWh during peak periods will be charged at 16 Kenyan shillings per kWh, while off-peak periods will cost 8 Kenyan shillings per kWh. These rates translate to approximately 12 US cents/kWh, offering a cost-effective solution for EV charging. The tariff, fixed until 2025/2026, is considerably lower than the general domestic tariff and the small commercial tariff.
BasiGo’s Revolutionary Electric Charging Station
BasiGo, an e-mobility company headquartered in Nairobi, Kenya, has seized the opportunity provided by the new e-mobility tariff. In a pioneering move, BasiGo has recently unveiled a high-power DC fast charging station for electric buses in Buru Buru, Nairobi. This state-of-the-art charging station has the capacity to charge up to 6 electric buses simultaneously and is projected to support 25 electric buses by the end of the year.
The charging station holds the distinction of being the first to be connected to Kenya’s new e-mobility tariff. BasiGo’s charging infrastructure aims to make electric bus transportation more accessible and efficient, setting a new benchmark for the country’s sustainable mobility efforts.
Expansion Plans and Future Growth
BasiGo’s comprehensive approach includes not only providing electric buses but also offering charging and maintenance services for public service bus operators. By introducing an innovative financing model called Pay-As-You-Drive, BasiGo has made electric buses financially competitive with their diesel counterparts.
With the successful launch of the first charging station, BasiGo has ambitious plans for expansion. By the end of this year, the company aims to bolster its charging infrastructure to support 25 electric buses, further promoting clean and sustainable transportation in Kenya. BasiGo’s efforts align with the government’s vision of transitioning towards a greener future.
As Kenya paves the way for electric mobility through its new e-mobility tariff, BasiGo’s charging station sets an inspiring precedent for sustainable transportation initiatives. With the introduction of affordable electric buses and efficient charging infrastructure, Kenya is taking significant strides towards reducing carbon emissions and embracing a cleaner, greener future.