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The buses produced by students of the College of Engineering, Design, Art, and Technology at the University of Kampala are the pride of Ugandans. These buses are not only intended for a trade fair or fair exhibitions; they’ve already hit the road. Bus features include WiFi, USB jacks, air conditioners, flat-screen TV, auto sanitizer, bamboo wood floor, rechargeable battery, and Sears disabled.

Building on the work of young students from the University of Kampala, the Ugandan start-up Kiira Motors has just launched the last prototype bus. The new electric bus, branded Kayoola EVS, which carries 90 passengers, has seen improvements compared to the old models. The latter model was also presented at the two-day engineers’ forum organized in December 2019.

The momentum of the December 2019 Forum

During this Forum organized under the theme: “The engineer in the 4th industrial revolution” will show how much the Ugandan government is involved in the development of electric buses. It will be remembered that in a speech given on this occasion on December 5, the Minister of Science, Technology, and Innovation, Dr. Elioda TUMWESIGYE, praised Kiira Motors Corporation Ltd which has acquired the required capabilities and technological know-how to produce at least two electric buses per month.

” Government departments, departments, and agencies should consider buying these buses from Kiira Motors because they have the capacity to supply them, ” said TUMWESIGYE, accompanied by the Minister of Public Works and Transportation, Monica Azuba NTEGE and that of Finance, Planning and Economic Development Matia KASAIJA. It was at the Africana hotel.

The bus made a successful inaugural trip between the Luweero industries in Nakasongola and the capital Kampala in just under two hours, over a distance of 150 kilometers.

In Kampala, curiosity and enthusiasm around Ugandan electric buses

The Minister of Public Works and Transport, Azuba NTEGE, made a test drive. After the test, AZUBA said: “ Kayoola EVS is very comfortable and rolls smoothly and the finishes are good and conform to standards. We now need the necessary infrastructure, including bus lanes. The Kampala Capital City Authority should put in place the BRT infrastructure to decongest Kampala, now that we have the capacity to manufacture buses here in Uganda, which can also be used at the airport . “

Finance Minister KASAIJA urged Kiira Motors engineers to innovate further. He urged Ugandans to adopt local technologies and support the commercialization of Ugandan innovations with KMC in mind.

What student bus experts think

Dr SAGALA Paul Neil SEKIKUBO, while presenting a document entitled “The 4th industrial revolution: implications of the transport sector for Uganda”, deplored the pathetic transport conditions in the city of Kampala where people drive single-use vehicles to go to their place of work, bulky and polluting the city, with obsolete technology.

In a lively session chaired by engineer Isaac MUTENYO, SAGALA urged the Ministry of Public Works and Transport, KCCA and other sector players to apply the green mobility model which is championed by Kiira Motors.

“ Kiira Motors has the technology, they have demonstrated their ability to provide both electric and combustion buses. Government and the private sector can come and buy these buses with green mobile technologies. May all stakeholders support this initiative to find local solutions to our national challenges, ”he said.

The Kayoola EVS has a range of 300 km on a single charge. The bus is also equipped with a state-of-the-art infotainment system as well as USB ports and on-board Wi-Fi connection. Dr Elioda TUMWESIGYE said that the government provides political guidance and monitoring.

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