Ugandan Kiira Motors is launching Africa’s first solar-powered bus. It plans to introduce solar vehicles across Uganda’s auto industry and wants to attract investors to mass produce the bus.
“In Uganda, we have non-stop sun,” he says. “No other countries manufacturing vehicles are on the equator like Uganda. We should celebrate that, and make a business out of it.”
The 35-seater bus, known as the “Kayoola”, can travel up to 50 miles straight and is powered by two batteries. One is connected to solar panels on the roof, while the other is charged electrically for longer distances and journeys at night.
Musasizi says it takes just one hour to fully charge each battery, making the vehicle suitable for “all sorts of duties in the cities”, such as school buses or longer-haul journeys across borders.
I’m so happy African technology/Engineering sector is growing. Soon we are going to catch up to the western world in technological advancements. #Hope4Africa
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