Just as promised from our previous article about Kiira EV “innovation”, the chaps at Makerere University are in advanced stages of procuring components for their second electronic vehicle, Kayoola bus, ahead of its launch in October. This follows the College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology students having successfully tested their first electronic car, Kiira EV, manufactured two years ago.
According to the key principal investigator and deputy director for Centre for Research in Transportation Technology, Prof Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, they have designed and started to procure the components before they can start construction.
He, however, added that the amount of time to assemble the car will depend on the procurement procedures. The 30-seater innovation will be able to reduce on traffic jam in the city and carbon emissions. Prof Togboa told the Daily Monitor that in addition to using Lithium ion batteries, they are going to add an internal combustion engine to extend the range of drive.He said once this is completed, they will engage the private sector for commercialization and create special charging stations where individuals can go to recharge.
Some of the challenges of electric cars are that they can only take you between 80 to 100 kilometres before you can recharge.He said: “however, in a situation where we don’t have a charging infrastructure installed all over the country, they will look at other ways of extending the range”.