Uganda has manufactured first solar-powered bus in Africa called Kayoola and it has been driven in public – a huge gain to the continent known to depend largely on importation of cars and other devices.
The manufacturer of the kayoola bus is a Uganda based motor company called Kiira Motors Corporation. The solar bus utilizes two power banks (batteries) which power an electric motor that is coupled to a 2-speed pneumatic shift transmission.
These batteries operate in automatic alternation. This means that when one is in use, the other is being charged by the solar panels. This increases the bus’s 80kms range.
The CEO of Kiira Motors, Mr Paul Isaac Musasizi, explained that about five hundred million Ugandan Shillings (Shs 500m/$144,095) was spent in the construction of Kayoola. He said this during the test-drive at Namboole stadium on Sunday.
The 35-seater bus has a power capacity of 150KW (204HP) Peak and solar power of 1320W.
The CEO further noted how nature had added to the echo-making invention. He noted that Uganda is among the countries through which the Equator passes.
And countries situated on the equator are frequently too hot. So Uganda took advantage of the free-given blessing.
Mr Musasizi stated.
Uganda is privileged to be among the 13 countries in the whole world that are situated along the equator. We decided to take advantage of this strategic position to improve transport technology.
The Minister of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Prof. Sandy Stevens Tickodri, praised the innovation.
In his words:
We have buses all over the world but Ugandans must be proud to be championing a technology that represents clean energy.
The Kayoola sets a green precedence and inspiration trend for technological future in urban mobility for East and Central Africa.
The president of Uganda, Yoweri Museveni, will officially launch the bus on February 16 at the Kampala Serena hotel.
The Kiira Motors is heavily funded by the government. Albeit this is the prototype, the makers of the bus now hope to attract partners to boost their production as they intend to build the bus en masse.
The body is typically our Roofing material and was worked on by hand. Also, the battery banks which are stainless steel were also fabricated from here. Uganda possesses polished skills to deliver automotives today.