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Kebs licenses electric vehicles conversion companies

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KEBS offices in South C, Nairobi. FILE PHOTO | NMG

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Summary

  • The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has certified two firms to do conversion of tourism vans and buses into hybrid vehicles that will use electric engines. 
  • The standard also facilitates conversion of stationary engines such as generators and pumps.

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (Kebs) has certified two firms to do conversion of tourism vans and buses into hybrid vehicles that will use electric engines. 

The two firms are Knights Energy, which was founded by ICT engineer Francis Romano, and Swedish-owned Opibus whose converted tour van engines will be fully electric.

“The two met the required standards and we recommended to the Energy and Petroleum Regulatory Authority (Epra) that they be approved,” said Kebs development and trade chief manager Zachariah Lokorito.

“The standard for application of liquefied petroleum (LPG) and compressed natural gases as engine fuels for internal combustion engines is also now in force and investors are at liberty to venture into this line of business.”

He added that the standard also facilitates conversion of stationary engines such as generators and pumps.

Kebs has also released standards for electric motorcycles which has attracted several investors eyeing the boda boda subsector.

In the past year, Procars Limited, which converts cars into hybrid vehicles to use LPG and petrol has opened a facility in Nairobi’s industrial area and set up four gas stations.

Editor's Note: The story has been revised to indicate that the conversion is to electric-petrol hybrid, not LPG, and that the two firms are doing it separately.