Caetano Kenya, the official dealer of Hyundai in Kenya, delivered five Hyundai KONA Electric Vehicles to ICRC Regional Delegation, Kenya.
ICRC purchased the cars to reinforce their existing fleet of electric vehicles. Hyundai has been at the forefront of driving green mobility globally and in Kenya they launched the first electric vehicle to be commercialized – Hyundai KONA Electric Vehicle.
The KONA EV is in line with Hyundai’s eco mission ‘Progress for Humanity’ which represents the company’s commitment to realizing emissions-free mobility as a fundamental human right.
Speaking about the handover, Silvanus Wambua, Caetano Kenya Retail and Fleet Sales Manager said, “We are privileged to handover these five KONA EV to ICRC. This is a testament of their commitment to
sustainability. As a company, we pride ourselves in being at the forefront of driving green mobility and
supporting to the Kenyan Government’s plan to have at least 5% of all registered vehicles being electric by 2025 in a bid to curb environmental pollution from petroleum fuels.”
“Currently the fuel prices in Kenya are at an all-time high, with petrol retailing at Ksh.179 per litre and diesel at Ksh.165 per litre, with the possibility of rising further. The Hyundai KONA EV runs over 400KM on a single
charge and is a great alternative to petrol and diesel cars. The Kenyan market is primed to shift to electric vehicles.” Concluded Mr. Wambua ICRC’s Head of Logistics Support Centre Mauro Iacona noted, “With global warming and increasing carbon- dioxide emissions each year, sustainability has become imperative. The ICRC has committed through its Climate and Environment Charter to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by at least 50% and better manage hazardous waste by 2030.”
“Our decision to reinforce our vehicles with this purchase of electric cars from Hyundai will help us to
optimize our fleet and manage fleet waste in a sustainable manner. The 5 electric cars will add to our
existing 3 as we seek to rightsize the fleet with the ‘right car doing the right job’. This is also in line with our principle of ‘do no harm’ to minimize the damage we cause to the environment while providing timely and principled humanitarian service,” concludes Mauro.
Electric Vehicles have an extremely developed technology; its electric motor is progressive, so it doesn't need a gearbox or a clutch, the batteries determine the power that the engine can use. The car exclusively uses electricity and is charged by plugging into a charging station. The demand for electric cars is projected to grow in Kenya as the vehicles become more affordable and charging stations become widely available.
The Hyundai KONA Electric embodies the two fast-growing automotive trends – electrification and SUV style vehicles. The fully electric version reflects the individual lifestyle of modern customers who benefit from great fun-to-drive and the low environmental impact of a fully electric car. Driving a 100% electric Hyundai model is a conscious and sustainable choice, with exceptional performance, without any vibrations and practically no noise.