Kenya Power has capacity to charge electric cars, says CEO
- The electricity distributor, however, faces the challenge of ensuring the availability of electricity in light of the frequent blackouts seen across the country.
- The company said it has created a liaison office that will act as a one-stop shop to advocate for its electric mobility business.
Kenya Power #ticker: KPLC says it has the capacity to supply the electricity needed to charge electric vehicles and motorbikes during off-peak hours, noting that the emerging clean transport industry is an opportunity for it to increase sales.
The electricity distributor, however, faces the challenge of ensuring the availability of electricity in light of the frequent blackouts seen across the country.
“For Kenya Power, the evolution of electric mobility presents us with an inorganic opportunity to increase sales,” Acting Kenya Power CEO Rosemary Oduor said on Wednesday at the launch of the 5 million shilling bus from the city. electric vehicle start-up BasiGo.
“Kenya currently has an installed capacity of 2,991 megawatts (MW) and an off-peak load of 1,200 MW. This means there is enough energy to support the entire e-mobility ecosystem, including powering charging stations for home and business use.
She added that Kenya Power can supply electricity to charge 50,000 buses and two million motorbikes during off-peak hours.
This is based on the company’s estimates that an electric minibus operating in Nairobi travels about 200 km per day and consumes an average of 120 kilowatt hours (kWh) at a cost of 2,400 shillings.
“1,000 minibuses, circulating in the city, would therefore consume around 120 MWh per day,” said Ms. Oduor.
The company said it has created a liaison office that will act as a one-stop shop to advocate for its electric mobility business.
Through the office, Kenya Power will work with other stakeholders to support the development of the e-mobility ecosystem, which will include the identification of sites for potential charging stations, as well as the software for geomapping required to allow users to locate nearest charging station.