Kenya’s first electric mobility pilots, launched during the Fourth UN Environmental Assembly, has set the ball rolling for Africa’s shift to electric mobility. Developed together with the Energy Regulatory Commission, the two pilots in the City of Kisumu and with Kenya Power & Lighting Company Limited will see the deployment of a total of 50 electric motorcycles in the country.
These motorcycles are donated by TAILG, a Chinese company that recently signed a Memorandum of Understanding with UN Environment to support UN Environment’s electric mobility work. It will be the first ever comprehensive electric motorcycle pilot in East Africa serving to raise awareness for electric mobility and to provide crucial data to stakeholders for policy formulation.
Two and three-wheeler vehicles are the fastest growing transport mode in many low and middle-income countries. While Asia has the lion’s share of the global fleet, growth rates of motorcycles in many African countries are some of the highest in the world. Today, the global fleet consists of approximately 300 million motorcycles with annual sales exceeding 50 million. By 2050 the global fleet of motorcycles is projected to comprise approximately half a billion motorcycles, effectively almost doubling today’s fleet.
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