BasiGo, a leading player in Kenya’s E-Mobility industry, has announced the inauguration of a cutting-edge high-power DC Fast charging station catering to electric buses in Buru Buru. BasiGo’s primary objective is to make eco-friendly electric transportation accessible throughout Nairobi.
The Buruburu station will provide charging services for electric buses operated by OMA Services and Embassava SACCO, with the capability to simultaneously charge up to 6 electric buses. The station aims to serve a total of 25 electric buses by the year-end, solidifying its position as a pivotal charging hub.
This isn’t BasiGo’s initial foray into electric bus charging stations, as the company already operates two other charging sites in Embakasi and Kikuyu. With the addition of the Buru Buru charging station, BasiGo now boasts a remarkable count of three stations, attesting to its rapid growth and expansion.
Significantly, the Buru Buru charging station is the first to be connected following the endorsement of the new E-mobility tariff by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) in March.
The E-mobility tariff was established to provide cost-effective power solutions for electric vehicle charging during nighttime hours.
Under the revised tariff structure that came into effect in April, EPRA introduced new categories, including a dedicated E-Mobility tariff specifically designed for the 350+ registered electric vehicles in Kenya.
As per the latest tariff, the energy consumption cost during peak periods is set at 16 Kenyan shillings for up to 15,000 kWh, whereas the off-peak charging tariff stands at 8 Kenyan shillings per kWh, also applicable to a maximum of 15,000 kWh.
Consequently, the logistics company can take advantage of lower charging costs during nighttime, making it an economical choice. The tariff rates are expected to remain consistent for a period of four years.
Kenya Power, the country’s primary electricity retailer, played a vital role in driving the implementation of the special e-mobility tariff.
This commitment was evident during the official inauguration of BasiGo’s latest charging station, where representatives from Kenya Power were present.
Earlier this year, the company reassured investors in the electric mobility sector that the national grid infrastructure is robust enough to accommodate the transition from conventional fossil fuel-powered vehicles.
This clear demonstration of support underscores Kenya Power’s strong determination to foster the growth of the E-Mobility sector. The company’s expansion plans heavily rely on the success and progress of the E-Mobility industry and the adoption of electric cooking.
Furthermore, Kenya Power aims to facilitate the transition of other carbon-dependent sectors to electricity, aligning with its commitment to sustainable and clean energy practices.