Top 6 Vehicles Made in Uganda - Kiira Motors

Kiira Motors Corporation is a State Enterprise established to champion value in the Motor Vehicle Industry in Uganda through Technology Transfer, Contract Manufacturing and Supply Chain Localization. Kiira Motors Corporation is developing long-term technology partnership to build capabilities to Develop, Make, and Sell motor vehicles and components in Africa.

The genesis of Kiira Motors Corporation dates back to 2007 when a team of students and staff at Makerere University were invited to be part of an international consortium. This was part of a Vehicle Design Summit, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) initiative with the goal of designing, and producing the Vision-200. A 5-passenger plug-in hybrid electric vehicle targeting the Indian market. Makerere University the only participant from Africa was responsible for the design and integration of the Low Power Electronics and Data Networking Systems. 

Here are the Top 6 Cars Made in Uganda by Kiira Motors.

Number 1: Kiira E V SMACK.

The KIIRA E V SMACK is a 5-seater front-wheel drive sedan with a traction motor powered by a rechargeable battery bank and an internal combustion engine-based generator. It is the first Electric Hybrid Vehicle designed and built in Africa. This configuration of two power sources ensures an unlimited range and increases the efficiency of the powertrain, hence enhancing fuel economy. This innovative and iterative development programme was envisaged to realize KMC’s systems and requisite competences for the relevant and beneficial institutionalization of an automotive industry in Uganda. The vision of KMC represents the commitment of Uganda to develop indigenous solutions to her essential needs as well as being a fountain of the heritage of the Pearl of Africa.

Number 2:  Kiira E V S.

The Kiira E V S is a 4-Seater Executive Vehicle built off the Kiira E V SMACK Platform fitted with a 2.0 Litre Petrol Engine, 5 Speed Automatic Transmission, and an exquisite Beige Interior Trim.

Number 3: Kiira E V.

The Kiira EV is Africa’s first electric vehicle launched on 24th November 2011. It employs a simple battery electric vehicle powertrain consisting of an Energy storage bank, energy converter and an electric motor.  It is powered by electricity which is stored in the battery bank through repetitive charging.  The battery system of the Kiira E V consists of 4 battery banks of 64 lithium ion cells connected in series. The banking ensures energy system modularity for effective battery monitoring, safety, increased reliability and maintenance. 

Number 4: Kayoola Solar Bus

The Kayoola Solar Bus concept represents the next generation of public transport for cities within the region. The first of its kind on the African continent, the 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 telltale 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.

The Kayoola offers a smoother and cleaner ride, experiencing less vibration and less noise as the result of replacement of the usual internal combustion diesel engine with an electric machine. The City will love the Kayoola as it quietly cruises past its noisy polluting competitors.

Number 5: Kayoola E V S.

The Kayoola E V S is a Fully Electric Low Floor Bus specifically designed for Urban Mass Transportation. At full charge, the Kayoola E V S has a range of up to 300 kilometers making it capable of seamlessly handling the daily duty cycle. With a sitting capacity of up to 90 passengers, the Kayoola E V S is positioned to offer great returns for the bus operator while enabling the reduction of congestion on the city roads.

The Kayoola E V S is fitted with state-of-the-art safety and assistive technology for people with special needs including special seats and a ramp for easy boarding and off-boarding of people in wheelchairs.

The Kayoola E V S is made to facilitate a totally sustainable mass mobility solution for Urban Centers in Sub-Saharan Africa.

Number 6: Kayoola Diesel Coach.

The Kayoola Diesel Coach is a premium intercity bus aimed at addressing the need for a novel and innovative transportation solution that meets the demand for comfortable, long-distance mass transportation in Africa.

The Kayoola Diesel Coach is powered by a 6-cylinder turbocharged inter-cooled Cummins engine, providing over 375 horsepower, and able to achieve a top speed of 140km/hr. Passenger comfort is guaranteed through the 47 reclining leather seats, each fitted with magazine holders, swivel armrests, footrests, foldable tables, and cup holders. The passenger experience is further enhanced through the availability of overhead & leg ventilation, LED saloon & reading lights, USB Charging Points, and connectivity ensured through the onboard Wi-Fi service.

The Kayoola Diesel Coach is further fitted with an onboard toilet, a refrigerator, and kneeling capabilities enabled by the Air Suspension with an Electronically Controlled Air Suspension System (ECAS) to maximize comfort.

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