Tracing The Rapid Rise Of E-Mobility in Kenya

By  |  March 8, 2024

The global automotive industry has shifted significantly towards electric vehicles (EVs) in recent years. This shift is aimed at reducing carbon emissions and fighting climate change. The transition to cleaner mobility has given rise to a new sector known as E-mobility or Electromobility. According to Gartner, Electromobility refers to the use of electric powertrain technologies, in-vehicle information and communication technologies, and connected infrastructures to enable the electric propulsion of vehicles and fleets. These electric vehicles may include cars, two-wheelers, commercial vehicles, boats, and even aircraft.

Over 2.3 million electric cars were sold in the first quarter of 2023, about 25% more than in the same period last year.

Kenya, renowned for its stunning landscapes and dedication to sustainability, is actively participating in the green revolution by promoting E-Mobility. With government incentives, technological advancements, and a growing awareness of environmental issues, the use of electric vehicles in Kenya is increasing, which bodes well for a cleaner and more sustainable future.

The Current Landscape

According to a draft of Kenya's National Climate Change Action Plan (2023-2027), the country's population is undergoing rapid urbanisation, with about 50% of its people living in urban areas. This rapid urbanisation has resulted in an increased strain on the environment, leading to deforestation and pollution.

Reducing the release of greenhouse gases (GHGs) is a possible solution to the problem of climate change. Movement and transportation are the main contributors to the emission of polluting gases that have a detrimental effect on climate cycles in the long term. To address this issue early on, the government is already taking steps to restructure the mobility market.

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