Ruto Strikes Deal With Slovakia on Electric Vehicles

President William Ruto at the launch of Dhow CSD at Central Bank Building
President William Ruto at the launch of Dhow CSD at Central Bank Building.

President William Ruto has signed a deal with Slovakia that will help Kenya with its plan to gradually transition to e-mobility.

While attending the United Nations General Assembly on Monday, September 18, in New York, the President took time to meet with Slovakian President  Zuzana Caputova and struck two important deals.

In a statement to newsrooms, State House communicated that Ruto and Caputova agreed on acquisition of Slovakian advanced battery technologies that will be used to power electric vehicles in Kenya.

"He also met Slovakia President Zuzana Caputova who committed to supporting Kenya's E-mobility initiatives using their advanced e-battery technologies," the statement read in parts.

A file photo of Electric Vehicle Taxis charging
A file photo of Electric Vehicle Taxis charging
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President Ruto explained that Kenya is at a critical point of advancing her economy through global partnerships with countries that boast more advanced technologies.

The President has been on the forefront promoting e-mobility as Kenyans express their anger and frustrations over high cost petroleum products.

Ruto noted that Slovakia is home to a number of companies that are developing advanced e-battery technologies which are very crucial for Kenya as the country plans a transition to renewable energy.

The Slovakian next-generation lithium-ion batteries for electric vehicles are designed to be more energy-dense, have a longer lifespan, and be faster to charge.

Slovakia is also developing a variety of advanced battery technologies, including solid-state batteries.

The batteries are expected to have a number of advantages over current lithium-ion batteries, including higher energy density, longer lifespans, and faster charging speeds.

Other technologies include carbon fiber-based battery components which are designed to be lightweight and durable, making them ideal for use in electric vehicles.

Slovakian businesses are also known for development of battery management systems, battery testing and validation companies, and battery recycling companies.

The Energy Petroleum and Regulatory Authority  (EPRA) released the fuel prices for the period between September 15 to October 14.

EPRA increased the cost of Super Petrol to Ksh211.64, Diesel to Ksh200.99, and Kerosene to ksh202.61 per litre in Nairobi.

Fuel Pump
A person fueling a vehicle.
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