Senior journalist Andrew Mwenda says he will be testing the new model of cars made by Kiira Motors, a State Enterprise established to commercialise the Kiira Electric Vehicle Project in Uganda.
“Making Uganda proud. This is the new model of a sedan built by Kiira Motors, Uganda’s unsung motor company that will be producing locally made cars,” Mwenda said Friday.
He shared a video of the new black car saying: “at 2pm tomorrow, I will be taking it for road testing on the Entebbe expressway!”
He added: “Come one come all and witness this Uganda’s engineering feat!”
In October last year, Kiira Motors Corporation CEO, Paul Isaac Musasizi, said they would start producing cars at the 100-acre production plant in Jinja Industrial Area.
This is the new model of a sedan built by Kiira Motors, Uganda’s unsung motor company that will be producing locally made cars. At 2pm tomorrow I will be taking it for road testing on the Entebbe expressway! Come one come all and witness this Uganda’s engineering feat! pic.twitter.com/YWsOW54Gxi
— Andrew M. Mwenda (@AndrewMwenda) January 11, 2019
This followed a Cabinet resolution to furnish the Corporation with Shs24bn to roll out the concept that will see Ugandan made cars hit the road by 2022.
Musasizi said by December 2019, the minimum requirements to begin initial production will be in place.
When Kiira Motors Corporation was launched in 2010, the plan was that assembly of cars will have started by 2018.
This, however, was unable to happen due to serial financial setbacks that affected the production schedule.
The idea of making vehicles in the country started in 2007 when a group of Makerere University students and staff participated in Vehicle Design Summit in the United States, hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
The idea then transitioned from a mere extracurricular activity at MAK into research arm for automobile engineering until 2009 when it received money from the Presidential Initiative for Science and Technology Innovation Programme.
KIIRA EV POC
The Kiira EV is Africa’s first electric vehicle. It employs a simple battery electric vehicle powertrain consisting of an Energy storage bank, energy converter and an electric motor. It is powered by electricity which is stored in the battery bank through repetitive charging.
KIIRA EV SMACK
Africa’s first hybrid electric vehicle launched in November 2014. The KIIRA EV SMACK is a 5-seater front-wheel drive sedan with a traction motor powered by a rechargeable battery bank and an internal combustion engine-based generator. It is the first Electric Hybrid Vehicle designed and built in Africa.
KAYOOLA SOLAR BUS
Africa’s first solar-powered electric bus launched on 16th February 2016.The Kayoola bus concept represents the next generation of public transport for cities within the region. The first of its kind on the African continent, the Kayoola Solar bus relies on lithium-ion batteries to power an electric motor that is coupled to a 2-speed pneumatic shift transmission.