KEBS bans importation of used electric vehicles with battery life below 80%

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On Tue, 20 Feb, 2024 11:38 | < 1 min read
KEBS bans importation of used electric vehicles with battery life below 80%
An electric car charging. PHOTO/Pexels

The Kenya Bureau of Standards (KEBS) has announced a new ban barring importation of used electric vehicles with battery life below 80 per cent.

In a notice to importers of second-hand cars on Monday, February 19, KEBS Managing Director Esther Ngari said the directive is in line with the agency's mandate of vetting the quality of imported goods and products.

"KEBS is mandated to offer among other services, quality inspection of imports based on Kenya Standards or approved specifications. Pursuant to the provisions of Legal Notice No.78 of 28th April 2020; the Verification of Conformity to Kenya Standards of Imports Order, we wish to notify all importers of used/secondhand electric motor vehicles that all used/Secondhand electric motor vehicles must have battery life not less than 80% to be allowed for importation into the country," the notice reads in part.

Further, the MD said used electric motor vehicles imported from Japan, United Arab Emirates (UAE), Thailand, Singapore, South Africa and the UK are subject to mandatory Pre-Inspection by Quality Inspection Services Inc., (QISJ) which is the KEBS-appointed inspection agent for motor vehicles.

The country has in recent years witnessed a rise in the importation of electric vehicles amid calls from climate change warriors for Kenyans to embrace eco-friendly cars.

According to the experts, one of the key environmental benefits of electric cars is that they produce zero tailpipe emissions, thereby reducing air pollution and greenhouse gas emissions, which helps combat climate change and improve air quality.

Electric vehicles are also said to be more energy efficient than gasoline or diesel-powered vehicles.

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