Kayoola Electric Buses Uganda
Kayoola Electric Buses were recently launched by Car Maker, Kiira Motors Corporation in Kampala, Uganda.These electric buses are the 4th prototype of the company. The Car Maker’s origins are at the Makerere University College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology (CEDAT). Its previous 3 prototypes include, the Kiira EV, the Sedan (Kiira EV SMACK) and the Kayoola.
Why Electric Buses
Firstly, Kayoola Electric Buses are solar powered. This ensures that they are cheaper than Diesel Buses as they rely on the sun’s rays. Secondly, the buses are made with materials sourced locally and the floors of Kayoola Electric Buses are of Bamboo. Bamboo is easily found in Uganda.Thirdly, the buses provide WI FI, USB Charging Ports and News Display Boards and finally, the buses target select shuttle services including airport transfers.
What this means to the Ugandan Transport Sector
Kampala, Uganda is known for its over reliance on Boda Bodas and Taxis as a means of transport. These modes of transport have since been proven to be the cause of congestion and traffic snarl-ups in the city. In addition, Boda Bodas are also prone to frequent accidents. Many Boda Boda riders are notorious for not following traffic rules.
Kayoola Electric Buses are set to revolutionize how en masse transportation of Ugandan citizens happens. Commuters are assured of a safer, more comfortable and convenient means of transport. With airport transfers, tourists and business travelers will have hustle-free commutes from the airport to the Hotels and Conference Centers. This can be a major boost to the Ugandan Tourism Sector.
In 2019 alone, Uganda spent 2 trillion UGX in car imports. Commuter vehicles formed the bulk of these imports closely followed by vehicles that carry goods. The Kayoola Electric Buses are the much needed relief from costly car imports. With their ability to carry more passengers and their local manufacture, this amount spent bringing in vehicles to Uganda is likely to go down in coming years. Consequently, the economy is set to grow.
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