Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC) is an initiative for Automotive Industry Development in Uganda, supported through the Presidential Initiative for Science and Technology Innovation. The KMC equity partners are Uganda Development Corporation, the principal equity partner representing the Government of Uganda as the investment arm of Government, and Makerere University. KMC is aimed at setting up and operating a vehicle assembly plant in Uganda. The KMC Plant shall be designed with a Multiple Line and Multiple Model Assembly Shop for Pick-Up Trucks, Light and Medium Duty Trucks, SUVs and Buses. Vehicle assembly is projected to commence in 2018 with Pick – Up Trucks. The plant shall operate in partnership with a seasoned auto manufacturer with a product foot print on all six continents.
The three strategic pillars that drive business value and success for KMC are:
1) Value for the Customer, envisaged to be realized through assembly of vehicles with proven technology competitively priced to enable the progressive customer shift from imported used vehicles to brand new vehicles assembled locally
2) Opportunity for the Community, realized through a diverse spectrum of sustainable jobs created directly within KMC and diversification of the economy through industrialization resultant from investments in domestic parts manufacturing and the service industry relevant for supporting the KMC plant
3) Profit for the Shareholders, the KMC investment is crafted based on a positive business case to ensure that ultimately the Shareholders realize an early return on investment.
The Kiira Vehicle Technology Innovation Program has designed and built three concept vehicles, the “Kiira EV”, Africa’s first electric Vehicle, the “Kiira EV SMACK”, Africa’s first hybrid electric vehicle and the Kayoola Solar bus Africa’s first solar electric bus. Kiira Motors Corporation is the proud recipient of the 2016 Frost and Sullivan Visionary Innovation Leadership award in Sustainable Mobility.
KIIRA EV SMACK
The KIIRA EV 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.
KIIRA EV POC
The Kiira EV is Africa’s first electric vehicle. 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 EV 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. The battery bank capacity of 40AH and 207V is engineered to achieve an inter-charge distance 80km.
KAYOOLA SOLAR BUS
The Kayoola 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 prototype which is designed to serve as an Executive City bus, is easy for riders to spot, thanks to the pearl white color adorned by the colors of the national flag. Its uncompromising beauty, elegant design and luxurious interior space bring to mind the rich heritage of the Pearl of Africa. The pearl white body, and wide sliding windows give the Kayoola a graceful exterior, with the proprietary design grille complementing the front.
The Kayoola bus will be easier to maintain, in terms of not having to change oil as is done in the diesel-powered buses and not having to repair hydraulic lines that run through a conventional bus. The bus is expected to run 80km, or virtually a full operational day (for example Kampala – Entebbe – Kampala), between recharges.
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. Africa will love the Kayoola as it quietly cruises past its noisy polluting competitors.
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Source1: Kiira Motors Corporation
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