NAIROBI (Xinhua) --
Chinese electric vehicle manufacturer
TAILG Group said on Friday that it is set to pilot electric
motorbikes in Kenya as art of its entry in the local market.
Jayson Huang, an official with the group, said that the
introduction will take place in the western inland port city of
Kisumu in July.
"We intend to pilot 50 motorbikes in the city as part of our
entry into the Kenyan market," Jayson told journalists on the
sidelines of the ongoing fourth session of the United Nations
Environment Assembly in Nairobi.
Jayson said that motorbikes will contribute to the reduction
of carbon dioxide as part of efforts to eliminate greenhouse gas
He said the company that is collaborating with the UN
Environment Programme (UNEP) will be sending technicians to
Kenya to help fix the equipment required.
The company that has plants in Chinese cities, including
Dongguan, Wuxi, and Tianjin, plans to expand to Ethiopia and
Uganda after setting base in Kenya.
Anyang Nyong’o, Governor for Kisumu County welcomed the
company, adding that the project will help reduce pollution in
Nyong’o said that such initiatives should be taken up as they
help solve pollution and electricity problems and keep people
"The program comes at a time when we are working on a modern
transport system that will help us decongest the city," he
Rob De Jong, head of mobility unit at UNEP, said that the UN
agency is currently working on a project that aims at
integrating electric two wheelers and three wheelers into
existing urban transport modes in developing countries.
"We are piloting and developing a comprehensive policy
framework in Ethiopia, Kenya, Uganda, Philippines, Thailand and
Vietnam," he added.