Kayola electric buses that are manufactured by Kiira Motors Corporation in Uganda, will start the road testing by plying Kampala-Entebbe and Kampala-Mukono routes in March 2019, before rolling out to other routes within the city and beyond.
Prof Tickodri Togboa, the executive chairperson of Kiira Motors, said the production is already ongoing at Luweero Industries Ltd.
“We found out that Luweero Industries Ltd has the capacity to enable us develop the electric vehicles we have been talking about. We do not need to wait for the Jinja site. So between now and March next year, hopefully, we shall bring out probably three buses on the streets,” Prof Tickodri said last Friday.
Prof Tickodri also said efforts are being made to develop the Kiira electric vehicles, adding that the first batch will be out by 2020 and from then on, the company will ensure that there is steady production to meet both local and regional markets.
He said the process has been slow because Uganda did not have the necessary infrastructure to start manufacturing cars, but progress is being made to achieve the desired target.
“We got stuck for sometime because we did not have the funds. That is why we had to bring in government to provide funding. Kiira Motors has delayed to bring out the cars from 2011 because we do not have the relevant infrastructure on the ground,” Prof Tickodri said.
He said the Kiira Motors will only do 15 per cent of production works at the Jinja factory while the 85 per cent of the work will be done my small and medium scale industries.
“Our interest was not only to assemble vehicles, we wanted to add local content so that the raw material that this country has must be added to the content. Our agenda was not only to set up an assembly line, import parts and assemble the cars and say we have manufactured them. We shall only do 15 per cent of the work at our factory, while the rest will be done outside the factory, but in Uganda by Ugandans,” Prof Tickodri said.
He said this will boost local industries and build their capacity to manufacture parts for the electric cars.