Uganda has moved closer to domestic vehicle manufacturing with the shipping in of a fully built unit and the assembling of a 90-seater bus by Kiira Motors Corporation in Nakasongola, 150 kilometres north of Kampala.
According to officials at Kiira, technicians started building the Kayoola Electric Buses, which came as a semi-knocked down unit, on October 30, and hope to be done by end of December 2019.
The bus’s components were supplied by Kiira Motor’s technology transfer partner, CHTC Motors of China.
It is one of two market validation vehicles, the first of which was built at CHTC’s facilities with the participation of six Ugandan technicians. It is that group that is now leading the assembly efforts in Nakasongola.
The buses, to run exclusively on electric batteries, can travel for 300km on a single charge at 80km/hour.
Three charging stations, which can recharge the electric batteries in under two hours, have completed calibration at Nakasongola and will be transferred to Kampala and Entebbe.