A Glimpse into the Future of Sustainable Mobility in Uganda.

Ridelink Series

Written by Henry Senkungu on Oct. 31, 2023

Over the weekend, a remarkable event unfolded in the heart of Jinja, Uganda. Ridelink, in collaboration with an impressive consortium of Mobility EcoSystem Actors, hosted a groundbreaking visit to the Kiira Motors Corporation plant. The attendees included prominent companies such as KaCyberApp, Shell, ScintUG, TubayoTravel, and more. The journey to the plant was itself a testament to innovation, as they travelled in the remarkable Kayoola EVS bus, crafted by Kiira Motors - a shining beacon of electric mobility.

The Electric Revolution

At the heart of this visit was the Kayoola EVS bus, a fully electric marvel that has the potential to redefine how we think about transportation in Uganda and beyond. This eco-friendly vehicle boasts an impressive range of 300 kilometres on a single full charge and requires just 1.5 hours to reach full battery capacity. Not only does this electrifying option provide a much-needed solution to environmental concerns, but it also offers substantial savings. While a conventional diesel engine would cost around 1,300,000 Ugandan shillings for the same distance, the Kayoola EVS requires a mere 85,000 Ugandan shillings to reach the same destination.

The Kayoola EVS bus at the National ICT Hub where to pick up the different teams travelling to KMC Jinja

Resilience in Design

One standout feature of the Kayoola EVS is its IP4 rating for water resistance. This means that the bus can confidently navigate through inclement weather, providing passengers with a comfortable and secure journey. 

Customization at its Finest

Beyond its eco-friendly and cost-efficient attributes, the Kayoola EVS is a prime example of adaptability. Kiira Motors offers the possibility of customising the bus to meet specific customer needs. Whether it's adjusting the seating arrangement, adding extra seats, or incorporating additional electric devices, this electric bus can be tailored to serve a multitude of purposes.

Exploring the Kiira Motors Plant

The visit to the Kiira Motors Corporation plant was an eye-opening experience, offering insight into the extensive infrastructure that powers the creation of these innovative vehicles. The facility sprawls across an impressive 100 acres of land, formerly belonging to the Uganda Investment Authority as told by the Head of Product development, Engineer Richard Madanda.

Head of Product development, Engineer Richard Madanda, briefs the visiting team about KMC plant.

Key Production Facilities

1. Body Shop: This is where the transformation begins, with primary steel materials being processed into various vehicle parts, a vital first step in the production process.