Uganda is set to unveil three different models of locally-assembled electric cars, a giant leap forward in the commercialization of the multi-million dollar Kiira Electric Vehicle Project.
“All the three – Kiira EV, Kiira EV Smack and Kayoola Electric Solar Bus are getting onto the road soon,” said Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) boss, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri.
“Our focus since 2016 has been towards approval of the commercialisation of Kiira EV Project and establishment of the start-up manufacturing plant,” he said in an exclusive interview with ChimpReports on Tuesday morning.
Government recently approved the road-map for the commercialization of project, paving way for the investment of a staggering Shs 140bn in the vehicle assembly business over a period of four years.
Construction works on the assembly plant in Jinja were expected to start soon. Already, KMC is extending high voltage electricity and water to the site.
Tickodri said KMC has three proofs-of-concept.
“We are finished with development of know-how. We now need only adequate funding to put these and others on the road and in the market,” he emphasised.
Government allocated Shs 24bn in the 2018/19 financial year to KMC to construct the start-up Kiira vehicle plant facilities expected to lead to the production of 5,000 vehicles per year.
The project is expected to lead to the creation of jobs and developing a stronger industrial sector needed to transform the country’s economy.
Tickodri hopes KMC will sign partnership agreements with reputable vehicle manufacturers for vehicle assembly and technology transfer to build trust in the quality of locally assembled vehicles.
Under phase 1, Pilot Electric Buses will be rolled out in Greater Kampala Metropolitan Area with the pioneer route of Entebbe-Kampala.
KMC will later develop the National Automotive Local content participation strategy and policy and explore policy interventions to for domestic automotive market development.
The institution also plans to develop staff capacity in automotive engineering, manufacturing systems, vehicle assembly and technology commercialization and also institute marketing and sales strategies for the Kiira vehicle plant offering.
In the long run, KMC plans to assemble buses, pick-ups and trucks.
Construction of the assembly plant is expected to be concluded by 2019.