- Autopax Air Yetu electric car gained prominence during the Africa Climate Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC)
- The model covers 300 kilometres on a full charge and could go up to more kilometres depending on the driver’s regenerative braking
- Autopax was founded by Kenyan businessman Isaac Kalua Green, who doubles up as an environmentalist
Autopax Air Yetu electric car gained prominence during the Africa Climate Summit at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre (KICC) in Nairobi.
This was after President William Ruto ditched his fuel-guzzling Lexus 570 for the tiny electric car.
What are features of Autopax electric car?
According to Citizen Digital, Autopax electric car is manufactured in Liuzhou, China and assembled in Nairobi. It costs between KSh 1.7 million and KSh 2 million.
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The company’s operations manager, Kibibi Mkumba, revealed the model driven by Ruto was referred to as Autopax AirEv YETU Pro.
This model covers 300 kilometres on a full charge and could go up to more kilometres depending on the driver’s regenerative braking.
“The one President William Ruto is driving is the Y300. On a single charge, it covers 300km. You can attain more kilometres as well, depending on your driving and regenerative braking,” said Mkumba in an exclusive interview with TUKO.co.ke.
Who founded Autopax?
Autopax was founded by Kenyan businessman Isaac Kalua Green, who doubles up as an environmentalist.
The EV company noted the car is more economical and cheaper than petrol-powered cars.
“If you drive an Autopax Electric Vehicle, you will spend 40% of what you would have spent on petrol. In other words, if you would have spent KSh 100 on fuel, you would now spend a maximum of KSh 40,” it explained.
According to his website, Kalu Green, the entrepreneur, has interests in the automotive, hospitality, furnishings, agri-food, and eco-business sectors.
He founded several establishments under the umbrella of Green Africa Group, all of which endeavour to support the Green Africa Foundation to measure the impact of transformation.
What’s average cost of charging electric car?
Kenyans shared different views about electric vehicles (EVs), breaking down the cost of charging for long-distance travel.
President William Ruto championed the race to electric mobility in the country, saying it was the right direction to reduce carbon emissions.
Mohammed Tache, an expert in ICT, took to the X platform, formerly Twitter, arguing that the distance he spends about KSh 22,000 to travel when using a fossil fuel car would cost him KSh 23,000 if he uses an EV with similar features.