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Free Electric Vehicle Charging Stations In Nairobi

Kenya Power says it has free charging stations in Parklands and at its Ruaraka depot.

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Kenya Power has set up two EV charging stations in Nairobi for free use by motorists, addressing the limited demand for electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in the country. The stations are located at Stima Plaza in Parklands and the company’s depot in Ruaraka.

To access the charging facilities, motorists must obtain an RFID card from the security desk at any of the two locations.

Kenya Power claims that the availability of these stations can help hybrid vehicles cut travel costs by combining zero-emission electric driving with petrol power for longer distances. A case study showed that one motorist could charge his 12 kWh Outlander battery to 80% in just under 40 minutes when connected to a DC fast charger.

KPLC announced in April that it had set up the charging station at a cost of Sh6.5 million, comprising two chargers: a 50 kW DC (1 hour charging time) and a 22 kW AC (2 hour charging time) charger. Managing director and CEO Joseph Siror plans to inject Sh258 million towards advancing e-mobility in Kenya, including investing in charging infrastructure and acquiring electric vehicles and motorbikes for company use.

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In addition to the charging stations at Ruaraka depot and Stima Plaza, plans are underway to install charging stations at company offices across the country by the end of July 2024 at a cost of Sh20 million.

Donholm, Nakuru, Mombasa, Mtito Andei, Kisumu, Eldoret, Roysambu, electricity House Nairobi, and Ragati offices will receive a station each.

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