KIIRA MOTORS PRODUCES ITS SECOND KAYOOLA ELECTRIC BUS
AND IS NOW TAKING ORDERS FOR VEHICLES MADE IN UGANDA
By Moses Sserwanga
Uganda ‘s automotive flagship , Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) has completed the building of it’s second Kayoola electric bus at the UPDF’s Luwero Industries in Nakasongola some 150 kilometers north of the capital city Kampala.
This major milestone paves the way for Kiira Motors engineers to carry out road drills for Uganda’s second market validation electric bus as the company readies to produce electric buses for commercial purposes for the first time in its history .
Kiira Motors’ second Kayola electric bus also known as the Koyola EVS has similar specs and features like the first one the company produced and unveiled on November 16 this year .
The second bus has also been built in Nakasongola using green mobility technologies developed by engineers at Kiira Motors with support from their technology partners Chinese ‘s leading Original Equipment Manufacturer ,(OEP), CHTC Motor. Co. Ltd, KMC’s Executive Chairman , Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri- Togboa ,told this publication .
Dr. Elioda Tumwesigye , Uganda’s Minister of Science Technology and Innovation, said that Kiira Motors has gained the requisite capabilities and technological know how to produce as many electric buses a month . “Government ministries, departments and agencies should consider buying these buses from Kiira Motors because they have the capacity to supply,” Dr. Tumwesigye stated.
According to , Eng. Richard Madanda , the Kayoola electric buses can cover a distance of 300 kilometers under a single charge. They have a speed governor that allows a maximum speed of 80 kilometers per hour but can pick up to a speed of 140 Kilometers per hour .
Madanda said that a team of 20 personnel , 10 from Kiira Motors and 10 from the Uganda People’s Defence Forces , (UPDF) Luwero Industries Ltd , built the second bus in under two months .
Kiira Motors CEO,Mr. Paul Isaac Musasizi, earlier told this publication that the company now has proven capacity to build and produce eight buses a month at their temporary base at Luwero Industries in Nakasongola. KCM is expected to produce an initial 5,000 vehicles per year when the Kiira Vehicles Plant at the Jinja Industrial and Business Park is commissioned in June 2021.
“We have four stationary assembly positions here. Once the teams are fully aligned and there is no more learning, we could build four units simultaneously,” Musasazi said adding that it would take the fully primed teams only 14 days to build a bus.
“ We will source the vehicles components locally to ensure the development of local content for the country’s nascent automotive industry .We will get steel, plastics , chairs, bolts , batteries , steering wheel among others sourced locally and import only that we don’t have ,” Musasizi stressed.
The Kayoola EVS buses have a capacity of 90 passengers (49 sitting and 41 standing) while the diesel engine ones will seat 65 passengers . These buses will be built locally by KMC engineers using technologies developed by the company and in partnership with the UPDF’s Luwero Industries Limited led by Brig. Gen Octavius Butuuro. Luwero Industries is a subsidiary of the National Enterprise Corporation (NEC) the business arm of the army headed by the amiable Gen. James Mugira.
A number of lady engineers have participated in the building of the second Kayoola electric bus and these include, Eng.Doreen Orishaba, Eng.Pauline Korukundo, Eng.Vanessa Nakalanzi, Ms.Thatcher Mpanga, Ms.Brenda Nagginda and Ms. Susan Najjulu .
Prof. Tickodri was full of praises for President Yoweri Museveni who believed in the mission and has given Kiira Motors enormous support over the years . “ Without General Yoweri Museveni’s support, Kiira Motors wouldn’t be where we are right now –at the world stage to showcase Uganda’s electric car production capabilities ,” he stated .
The writer is a media and communications consultant
and Advocate of the High Court of Uganda