The Kenya Electricity Generating Company (KenGen) on Tuesday, April 4, announced plans aimed at meeting the government's target to have 200,000 electric vehicles in the country by 2025.
In a notice, the company - which is 70 per cent owned by the government - invited studies for the reuse of electric vehicles' lithium-ion batteries.
KenGen added that the target of the government was to have electric vehicles account for 5 per cent of the total registered vehicles in the country.
According to the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics (KNBS), there were over 4 million registered vehicles in the country in 2022.
"KenGen has embraced sustainability which emphasizes the need to conserve resources and minimise pollution. Owing to the need to develop waste management efforts for EV batteries.
"We invite expressions of interest from eligible firms and entities to provide application research on lithium-ion batteries, recycling or reuse," read the notice in part.
It was noted that the research would also help the company to pilot the reuse of the batteries on some of the electric vehicles.
"The objectives of the research are to provide practical applied research approaches to lithium-ion battery recycling or reuse and develop technological know-how on lithium-ion battery recycling.
"Facilitate and foster collaborative research, planning and development with a focus on piloting lithium-ion batteries recycle or reuse," read the notice in part.
According to data released by the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) on March 24, there were only 350 electric vehicles in the country as of 2022.
In the report released during the review of electricity cost to 63 per cent, the authority detailed other plans geared at encouraging the uptake of electric vehicles.
Some of the measures included the introduction of a special tariff for e-mobility for the charging of electric vehicles.