Uganda recently tested its first electric bus, which is the first of its kind on the African continent.
Though still a concept, Kiira motors, the maker of the bus, is constructing a vehicle plant at the Jinja industrial and business park where the company is expected to produce 5,000 vehicles annually.
The bus, named Kayoola Solar Bus, relies on lithium-ion batteries to power an electric motor that is coupled to a 2-speed pneumatic shift transmission. This technology serves to conserve the environment and public health.
The tell-tale signatures of traditional diesel engine buses – plumes of dark smoke blowing out of the tailpipe and a grumbling engine sound — are replaced by a soft whine as soon as the electric bus accelerates.
Authorities in the capital Kampala could take it up as a means of clean, carbon free transport.
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