Kiira Motors Corporation


Kiira Motors Corporation or KMC is an automobile manufacturing company in Uganda The KMC equity partners are Uganda Development Corporation UDC, the principal equity partner representing the Government of Uganda as the investment arm of government with 96% stake and Makerere University with 4%

KMC developed Africa's first electric vehicle in 2011, Africa's first hybrid vehicle in 2014 and Africa's first solar electric bus in 2016

KMC envisions to start production of vehicles on 2018 with Pick-Ups, Buses, Light and Medium Duty Trucks The company announced that it was taking orders for buses in October 2017

Contents

  • 1 History
  • 2 Awards
  • 3 References
  • 4 External links

History

The KMC journey dates back to 2007; evolving from an extra-curricular activity under the auspices of then Makerere University Faculty of Technology, to a university curricular activity and later a mainstream national initiative for automotive manufacturing In 2007, a global consortium of over 31 universities and colleges across the world took part in a Vehicle Design Summit VDS to design and bring to market a 5-Seater plug-in hybrid electric vehicle, the Vision 200, targeting the Indian market

HE Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda, launches the Kiira EV

Under the United States-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology led three-year project, Uganda's Makerere University was the only participant from Africa The team from the Faculty of Technology now College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology was responsible for design and integration of the Low Power Electronics and Data Networking Systems Given the experience in building the Vision 200, other global experiences through collaborations, and best practices benchmarking, the Makerere team resolved to embark on a project aimed at designing and building a vehicle in Uganda

The Center for Research in Transport Technologies CRTT was then conceived under Makerere University in December 2008 and approved as part of the University Structures effective 1 January 2011 The strategic goal of CRTT was to advance research and innovation in transportation technologies on land, air and sea with specific emphasis on green mobility solutions for Africa The Kiira EV Project was the first project implemented under CRTT The Kiira EV, Africa's first electric vehicle, was completed by the team and launched by HE Yoweri Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, on 24 November 2011

The Kiira EV SMACK

The successful execution of the Kiira EV Project led to the establishment of the Kiira Motors Project as a government initiative for Automotive Industry Development aimed at Establishing a Vehicle Plant in Uganda The Kiira Motors Project started the Kiira Vehicle Technology Innovation Program through which the Kiira EV SMACK, the first Electric Hybrid Vehicle designed and built in Africa, was developed and unveiled at a very high-profile event at the Kenyatta International Convention Centre in Nairobi, Kenya in November 2014

HE Yoweri Museveni, President of Uganda launches the Kayoola Solar Bus

The team then designed and built the Kayoola Solar Bus, the first Electric Solar Bus designed and built in Africa The Kayoola Solar Bus was launched by HE Yoweri Museveni on 16 February 2016 at the Kampala Serena Hotel

Kiira Motors conducted a Pre-Investment Analysis The KMC Business Case to affirm the viability of vision Vehicles Made in Uganda This informed the development of the Kiira Motors Corporation Business Strategy and subsequently Business Plan The KMC Pre-Investment Analysis Business Case was launched by the Rt Hon Prime Minister Ruhakana Rugunda on 7 December 2015 at the President's Office Conference Hall

The government of Uganda, acting through the Uganda Investment Authority UIA, allocated 100 acres for the KMC plant located at the Jinja Industrial Park and Business Park

Awards

KMC was recognized for the initiatives in Green Mobility by Frost & Sullivan with the prestigious 2016 Frost & Sullivan Visionary Innovation Leadership Award in Sustainable Mobility

References

  1. ^ "About Us | Kiira Motors Corporation" kiiramotorscom Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  2. ^ "KIIRA EV SMACK: A car made in Uganda" Daily Monitor Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  3. ^ CNN, Heenali Patel, for "Uganda unveils Africa's first solar-powered bus - CNN" CNN Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  4. ^ "Africa's 'first solar bus' unveiled" BBC News 2016-02-01 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  5. ^ "Uganda to start assembling vehicles in 2018" Daily Monitor Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  6. ^ "Ugandans Eager to Buy Kiira Motors Vehicles as Kayoola Solar Bus Shines at UMA — Uganda Today" Uganda Today 2017-10-10 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  7. ^ https://newsmakacug/documents/VDPpdf
  8. ^ "Ugandan Students Participate in International Plug-in Hybrid Project - EVWORLDCOM" evworldcom Retrieved 2017-09-05 
  9. ^ "Solar-powered buses redefining public transportation in Uganda | Local Motors" Launch Forth 2016-03-05 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  10. ^ "Center for Research in Transportation Technologies | The College of Engineering, Design, Art and Technology" cedatmakacug Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  11. ^ "President Museveni Launches The Kiira EV" Celebrating 90 Years Of Makerere University 2012-09-24 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  12. ^ "Introducing the 'Made in Uganda' electric car" How We Made It In Africa 2014-11-25 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  13. ^ "Uganda's hybrid car launched in Kenya" wwwnewvisioncoug Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  14. ^ CNN, Heenali Patel, for "Uganda unveils Africa's first solar-powered bus - CNN" CNN Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  15. ^ "Made in Uganda: Kiira Motors says vehicle assembly will start in 2018" PC Tech Magazine 2015-12-08 Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  16. ^ Lyatuu, Justus "Kiira Motors to employ 10,000 people" The Observer - Uganda Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  17. ^ Okello, Picho "Kiira Motors Corporation" Retrieved 2017-10-17 
  18. ^ "Frost & Sullivan" 

External links

  • Website of Kiira Motors Corporation
  • Kiira and Mobius: A long way to go
  • Dignited: Kayola specifications


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