Production of Electric Cars: the Ugandan Innovation

In Partnership with the Makerere University in Kampala, Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is Working to Foster the Project.

Industrial Innovation has taken a serious move in Africa of late. This is proven by the number of innovations and initiatives probing up around the continent. The Ugandan government has decided to foster electric cars production by giving its support for the manufacture and commercialization. Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is working on the project in partnership with the Makerere University in Kampala, the capital city of Uganda. The Ugandan cabinet in a statement explained that KMC electric vehicles project is not only at the forefront of African innovation but also intends to attract investors for the manufacture of vehicles parts, increase the demand for natural resources and create more job opportunities. KMC designed Africa’s first electric car and its first hybrid car in 2011and 2014 respectively. This achievement emanating from one of the worlds poorest countries has however been met with a lot of criticism and Skeptism as questions have been raised on the possibility, availability and priorities for this prestigious project that has little impact on the population.

These electric cars and solar energy buses called Kayoola is an innovation projected by Kiira Motors Corporation which was met with a lot of opposition from all over the world, particularly from Europe and Asia. Most people in the automobile industry could not imagine and envisage the possibility and feasibility of this from a very poor African country.

The chief Executive Officer of the Ugandan Daily Monitor Media Mr Paul Isaa Musasizi explains that the electric vehicles have been manufactured as a Uganda’s first solar energy motors with the belief to foster economic growth and limit pollution resulting from the importation of reconditioned cars from developed countries. Most cars in Uganda are 14 Years and above which necessitate the importation of spare parts.

The CEO realized that the industry requires reforms that would encourage domestic value increase and focus on green mobility. The manufacture of modern electric cars would foster the African economy in general and the Uganda’s economy in particular and eradicate the domping of use cars in Africa.

Njogho George Claude Mbandon Cameroon

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