Kenya introduces Green number plates Specifically for Electric Vehicles, motorbikes

The government has unveiled a pioneering initiative aimed at accelerating the uptake of electric vehicles (EVs) across the nation by introducing special identification plates for them.

Transport Cabinet Secretary Kipchumba Murkomen, in his announcement, highlighted the significant impact of this transition on reducing greenhouse gas emissions and cutting down on the country’s petroleum import expenditures, which currently amount to Sh628.4 billion.

Murkomen emphasized that these distinct number plates will serve to raise public awareness about EVs, thereby encouraging more individuals to contemplate transitioning to electric mobility. This initiative extends to include motorcycles, marking a comprehensive endeavor to transform the country’s transportation landscape.

Speaking at the launch event for the draft National E-Mobility Policy, the CS stressed the importance of fostering eco-friendly transportation alternatives.

Furthermore, Murkomen disclosed plans within the ministry to propose a gradual replacement program for all government vehicles, transitioning them from internal combustion engines to EVs. He underscored the long-term financial savings for taxpayers through reduced fuel and maintenance expenses, alongside the substantial environmental benefits associated with this shift.

The ministry also aims to establish charging infrastructure at its headquarters, reflecting the urgent necessity to cultivate a conducive environment for the growth of electric vehicles through a robust policy framework. This policy framework will encompass all modes of transportation—road, rail, air, and maritime—and provide a structured transition from conventional internal combustion engines. It additionally proposes incentives for EV adoption and extends support to local manufacturing endeavors.

Rebecca Miano from the Trade and Industry sector was among the dignitaries present during the policy launch, highlighting a collaborative effort between the public and private sectors, international investors, and academic institutions in developing essential infrastructure to support EV proliferation.