EMPOWERING E-MOBILITY: EPRA’S GAME-CHANGING GUIDELINES FOR ELECTRIC VEHICLE CHARGING AND SWAPPING STATIONS
On September 14, 2023, the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (EPRA) released the Electric Vehicle Charging and Battery Swapping Infrastructure Guidelines, effective since September 1, 2023. These guidelines aim to facilitate the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in Kenya by addressing charging infrastructure challenges. The move follows the establishment of an e-mobility taskforce in August 2023, tasked with formulating a national e-mobility policy, strategy, and legal framework.
The Guidelines apply to individuals, firms, and institutions interested in setting up public and private EV charging and battery swapping stations. They cover various aspects including prerequisites, location considerations, data protection, and dispute resolution, reflecting Kenya’s comprehensive approach to nurturing a sustainable e-mobility ecosystem.
For public charging stations, operators must meet specific requirements, such as obtaining an electricity retail supply license, ensuring safety equipment, and employing licensed personnel. Stations should be strategically located every 25 kilometers along highways, with additional fast charging stations for heavy-duty EVs every 100 kilometers.
Private charging stations, designed for personal use, have fewer prerequisites. They must adhere to certification standards, undergo inspection, and implement separate metering for billing.
Battery swapping stations must provide ample space, use a Battery Management System, and follow traceability and certification standards. Data protection measures are outlined, and dispute resolution is directed to EPRA.
In conclusion, the Guidelines set standards for a thriving e-mobility sector, promoting environmental sustainability. Future legislative proposals from the e-mobility taskforce will further shape the sector’s trajectory in Kenya.