It’s time to wander Uganda, the Pearl of Africa, on any of her made-in-Uganda electric vehicles (EVs).
Hearing of EVs in Africa is no longer a new headline that makes you wonder or extremely excited.
It was 13 years ago in Uganda when students and staff at Makerere University in Kampala participated in an initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology to develop a five-seat plug-in hybrid vehicle.
After the project, the scientists at Makerere University replicated the experiment by producing the first two-seat electric car, called the Kiira EV. And later in April 2018, a well-structured roadmap followed and was approved by the Ugandan authorities to commercialize Kiira EV.
Ever since the sleek African EVs have been on the commercial lane. Travellers are enjoying the African experience through her innovations while exploring and learning more about her rich cultural heritage.
This has been one of the successful projects of Uganda that has revealed her know-how.
However, against all uninformed arguments and pessimistic notions about African innovations going commercial and navigating to different countries on the world map, made-in-Uganda EV is proving them wrong. The company has expanded over time and CHTC Motor Co, a Chinese company which is a subsidiary of Sinomach Automobile is one of its partners.
What’s happening now
Kiira Motors Corp. now produces electric buses called Kayoola EVS with equipment coming from CHTC while aiming to manufacture 90% of the components locally in Uganda.
With support from the government, it has been Kiira’s ambition to produce at least 5,000 EVs every year to go in circulation.
Guess what? It’s happening now 🙂
The plan is coming into operation this year, 2021. Things are taking shape like the speed of the EVs themselves with another construction of the EVs at Jinja which is 9km away from Kampala.
You might think it is all about joining fast growing economies or proving Black excellence but it’s beyond that. Outside the modernized interior and eye-catching exterior, the EVs have been designed to combat air pollution cultivating a healthy environment for people.
By Elijah Christopher
Elijah Christopher is a journalist at A New Touch Of Africa, is also a creative writer, a poet, and an IT enthusiast. He contributed to the collaborative poem written in celebration of Edwin Morgan Centenary, the first Glasgow poet laureate and Scottish national poet from the University of Glasgow. He loves meeting people and learning about new places, cultures, events, and lifestyles.