Kenya’s environmental consciousness is shifting gears, and electric vehicles (EVs) are no longer a dream. But navigating the world of EVs in Kenya can seem daunting. Worry not! This comprehensive guide equips you with everything you need to know about acquiring and enjoying an electric car in Kenya.
Are Electric Cars Even Available in Kenya?
Absolutely! The Kenyan government actively promotes clean energy solutions, and EVs are becoming increasingly accessible. Leading manufacturers like Hyundai and Nissan are making their mark, alongside a locally produced option – the Autopax Air Ev Yetu, a symbol of Kenya’s burgeoning EV industry.
How Do I Get Started with an Electric Car in Kenya?
There are several ways to get behind the wheel of an electric car in Kenya, depending on your needs and budget:
  • Own Your Electric Future: Buying a New EV
    • Showrooms like those of Hyundai Kenya and Autopax showcase their electric car options, allowing you to test drive and explore features before making a purchase. Consider these Kenyan companies:
      • Autopax Limited: Offers a range of electric vehicles, certified pre-owned options, parts, and services. Partnering with charging infrastructure companies, they provide affordable and sustainable solutions. Autopax is also behind the Autopax Air Ev Yetu, Kenya’s first locally assembled electric car.
      • HK Motors: A Chinese-owned company offering HK-EV cars at a competitive price point.
      • Ecotrify: Specializes in both new and used electric cars, with options for sale, lease, and long-term rental.
  • Spread the Cost: Leasing an EV
    • Leasing can be a good option if you prefer a lower upfront cost and the flexibility to upgrade to a newer model after the lease term. Companies like Ecotrify offer leasing options for electric vehicles in Kenya.
  • Try Before You Buy: Renting an EV
    • For shorter-term needs or to experience the benefits of electric driving before committing to a purchase, consider renting. EkoRent Africa offers an electric vehicle service called Nopia Ride in Nairobi, allowing you to test the electric car waters.


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How Much Does it Cost to Charge an Electric Car in Kenya?
The cost of charging an electric car depends on a few factors:
  • Charging Station Type: There are two main types – slow chargers (AC) and fast chargers (DC). Slow chargers are typically cheaper but take longer, while faster chargers are more expensive but significantly faster.
  • Electricity Tariff: The cost of electricity can vary depending on your power provider’s tariff structure.
As a general estimate, a full charge using a slow charger might cost between KES 200-400 (US$ 1.60 – 3.20) depending on the car’s battery size and electricity rates.
The Kenyan government and private companies are actively investing in developing a more robust EV charging infrastructure. 
Several charging stations are now operational in major cities like Nairobi, Mombasa, and Kisumu, with plans for nationwide expansion. Additionally, some workplaces and shopping malls are starting to offer EV charging facilities for their customers.
How Much is the Autopax Air Ev Yetu?
Autopax Air Ev Yetu, a symbol of Kenya’s domestic EV production, is yet to have an official price announced. However, estimates suggest it could be competitively priced within the range of KES 1.5 – 2 million (US$ 12,000 – 16,000).
Why Go Electric in Kenya?
  • Government Incentives: The Kenyan government offers tax breaks and import duty exemptions for electric vehicles, making them a more attractive option.
  • Lower Maintenance Costs: EVs generally have lower maintenance costs compared to conventional gasoline-powered cars due to fewer moving parts.
  • Environmental Impact: The most compelling reason to choose an electric car is its positive impact on the environment. By switching to electricity, you’ll be contributing to cleaner air and a greener future for Kenya.
Looking for More?
  • Stay tuned for regular updates on this blog as the Kenyan EV landscape evolves.
  • Consider contacting a local EV dealership mentioned above for personalized recommendations and test drive opportunities.