Kenya Mpya Bus Company, one of Nairobi's largest matatu operators, is preparing to launch the city's first electric matatu.
Chege revealed on African Travelor that if the company is successful, it will phase out diesel buses in favor of all-electric vehicles.
He went on to say that his company, Meta Electric, had amassed knowledge in the technology and that, for the time being, it only works with businesses in a B2B model.
Chege also estimated that electric vehicles have the potential to reduce fuel costs by up to 80%, but purchasing one electric vehicle is 50% more expensive than purchasing a conventional vehicle.
Electric cars, according to Car and Driver Magazine, have significant advantages over their counterparts that use oil as a mode of fuel.
The cars are better for the environment because the electricity is renewable, they require less maintenance, and they travel more quietly.
However, the disadvantages are almost always cost-related, and it is estimated that the charging process takes time while the travel distance is shorter when compared to gas counterparts.
Kenya is estimated to have fewer than 200 electric cars, and the mode of transportation may take longer to catch on.
Kenya Power has so far opened three charging stations in Nairobi and will embark on a nationwide project to install additional charging points along major highways, parking lots, and malls.
Nairobi's three charging stations are located at the Two Rivers Mall, the Hub Karen, and the Thika Road Mall.
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