Uganda's Kiira Motors unveils 'Africa's first solar bus'
Kiira Motors Corporation has launched the first solar-powered bus that is intended to drive forward the automotive industry in Uganda.
The bus dubbed ‘Kayoola’ loosely translated as ‘mass carrier’ is powered by solar energy to make it environment friendly.
It depends on two power banks (lithium-ion batteries) which power an electric motor that is combined to a 2-speed pneumatic shift transmission.
The two power banks operate in automatic interchange to enable real time mobile battery rejuvenating while the other is in use.
Mr Isaa Musasizi, the chief executive officer of Kiira Motors Corporation, told journalists during the test drive at Namboole stadium on Sunday that Kayoola was built at a cost of Shs500 million.
With a sitting capacity of 35 passengers, the bus has a power capacity of 150KW (204HP) peak and solar power of 1,320W.
The solar panels on the roof yield energy to run the bus on a range of 80kms about 8 hours of uninterrupted drive.
Yoweri Museveni, the Ugandan president will be officially launching the Kayoola solar bus on February 16 at Kampala Serena Hotel and the countdown is on the corporation’s website http://kiiramotors.com/
The makers now hope to attract partners to help manufacture the bus for the mass market.
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