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Kenyan government has pledged to support the acquisition of electric motorcycles.

The government removed five different taxes in the electric motorcycle-manufacturing sector, including the 16 per cent VAT on electric motorcycles. Electric-powered motor companies like Opibus, Roam Air, Ampersand, and STIMA, are among those leading the shift in the country. The government has pledged to support the acquisition of electric motorcycles in the country to a high of 200,000 pieces by the end of 2024, with President William Ruto encouraging local manufacturing. According to the President, spare parts, batteries and components needed for their manufacture will be tax-exempt. “If you want to manufacture the batteries in Kenya, the cost will be low,” the President said during a recent visit to Roam Park, an electric motorcycle assembly plant in Industrial Area, Nairobi. Meanwhile, KenGen, Kenya Power and the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) are keen to ensure the shift to e-mobility is well supported. According to EPRA, Kenya has enough power generation and power capacity to sustain 100 per cent electric mobility transition of motorcycles in the country, estimated as 6,000 MW and 300 MW, in relation to the consumption and power, respectively Kevin Otieno, a boda boda operator in Umoja estate has joined the growing electric bikes revolution in Kenya, by replacing his noisy petrol motorbike with a more quiet electric bike. One of the major reasons for the shift, Otieno said, was to save on operating costs and make more money. This, even as he feels the need to be part of the global change on EVs which is seen to be the quickest means to decarbonise motorised transport.

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  • Grace Njeri

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    The support of E bikes will greatly aid in reducing emissions.

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    • George Kariuki

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      This program can be a model for other African nations seeking to transition towards cleaner and more sustainable mobility solutions.

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      • winnie nguru

        9 w

        This is good as long as they walk the talk

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        • johnte ndeto

          9 w

          This is quite encouraging to promote use of electric motorcycles considering they are a major public transport

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          • Gorffly mokua

            9 w

            This is great! This has the potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions & noise pollution.

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            • We Don't Have Time

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              • Elizabeth Gathigia

                9 w

                Absolutely good news, this will enable a faster adoption of electric motorcycle

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                • Rashid Kamau

                  9 w

                  Electric motorcycles are crucial for sustainable transportation.

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                  • Chris Ndungu

                    9 w

                    This makes one feels elated. Pleasure to see what the government of Kenya can do! it is a great way forward.

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                    • Boniface Kuria

                      9 w

                      Who knew that a shift to EVs would also have a positive economic impact on our people. This will truly make it an attractive option for most riders n Kenya. Good initiative government of Kenya

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                      • Joseph Githinji

                        9 w

                        Tax exemption for electric motorcycle is a great way to boost production of electric motorcycles which is a great way to create a sustainable environment.

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                        • dickson mutai

                          9 w

                          With government support and tax exemptions for electric motors, Kenya will have a monumental shift towards sustainable transportation .. great move

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                          • Gorffly mokua

                            9 w

                            @dickson_mutai Yes, this will greatly boost the transport sector.

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                          • Princess

                            9 w

                            It's wonderful to see the Kenyan government backing the adoption of electric motorcycles. This move will undoubtedly contribute to a sustainable transportation.

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                            • Gorffly mokua

                              9 w

                              @princess_nel_268 Agree! But also the government should make them relatively more affordable than others.

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