BasiGo unveils first public electric vehicle charging station in Kenya

BasiGo launches Kenya’s first public electric vehicle charging station

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Kenya’s first public electric vehicle (EV) charging station has been launched by BasiGo, a Kenyan EV startup.BasiGo unveils first public electric vehicle charging station in Kenya

Located in Nairobi’s Buru Buru neighborhood, the charging station is connected to the recently approved eMobility tariff by the Energy, Petroleum, and Regulatory Authority (EPRA) in March 2023.

This tariff offers affordable power for EV charging during nighttime when Kenya has excess renewable energy supply.

Initially capable of charging six buses simultaneously, the station will be upgraded to accommodate up to 25 vehicles by the end of the year.

BasiGo now operates three charging sites in Embakasi, Kikuyu, and Buru Buru, with a capacity to charge over 20 electric buses.

Jit Bhattacharya, CEO of BasiGo, highlighted that each electric bus deployed and charged by the company replaces the consumption of 20,000 liters per year of imported diesel with 50 MWh of clean, renewable electricity generated locally in Kenya.

With the implementation of the eMobility tariff, BasiGo aims to invest in charging infrastructure and facilitate the rapid growth of Kenya’s electric vehicle industry.

The company plans to establish additional charging stations throughout Nairobi and expand nationwide to support the delivery of 1,000 electric buses to bus operators in Nairobi over the next three years.

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