NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Kenya has started developing infrastructure to
integrate electric motor vehicles to help ease burdens caused by
fossil fuel driven vehicles, an official said on Tuesday.
assistant manager of motor vehicle inspection at the National
Transport and Safety Authority (NTSA) revealed that the
government is developing standards in readiness for the launch
of the vehicles in the market.
“We have started
automating inspection centres in readiness for the official
launch of the vehicles in the country,” Nyaroya said during a
workshop on integration of electric two and three wheelers into
existing urban transport modes in Kenya.
He said that so far
two centres are ongoing automation in Nairobi and Mombasa and
that they are expected to be ready soon.
“We are also in the
process of re-training motor vehicle inspectors to adapt to
electric vehicles following the expected change,” the official
Nyaroya said that
Kenya is taking a leading role following advice from the UN
Environment to help reduce air pollution that causes ailments to
many unsuspecting people.
He said that the
government is hopeful that the initiative will contribute
towards the conservation of environment.
James Nyangaya, a
lecturer at the University of Nairobi’s Department of Mechanical
and Manufacturing Engineering urged the government to enact
policy to allow populations to start using electric vehicles and
electric two and three wheelers.
“There is need to
consider giving people incentives by zero rating two and three
electric wheelers spare parts,” he added.
The lecturer noted
that there is need for clear policy on air quality, energy
security, sustainable capability, social welfare and the high
upfront purchase cost.
He said that there
is need to develop standards that carter for vehicle safety,
charging system, equipment safety and safety of personnel.
“There is need for a
huge reduction of vehicles using fossil fuel in Africa to reduce
climate change demand,” said David Rubia, UN Environment air
quality and mobility unit program officer.
Rubia said that with
the increase of motor bicycles in Kenya, the introduction of
electric two and three wheeler’s is a strategic initiative for
He noted that the
global environmental body has ongoing projects in Morocco,
Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda and Ethiopia that are aimed at switching
from fossil fuel usage to electric.
“We are piloting
with the mail delivery firms, the police, commercial motor
bicycle operators by assessing how they operate with the aim of
introducing electric wheelers,” Rubia added.
director general of the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC), said
that the adoption of the electric vehicles is the growth
opportunity for the environment and health sector that has
suffered due to the massive production of fumes from vehicles
using fossil fuel.
He said that ERC
experts are conducting a baseline survey on what need to be done
before officially launching electric vehicles in the country.