In Africa will produce mass electric vehiclesApril 13, 2018
Probably, you have never heard of attempts by African companies to break into an automotive Olympus, but the situation may change. By the way, we are talking about the company not from South Africa, which is the most automobile country in the African continent, where factories of many brands are located.
The company Kiira Motors is based in Uganda, whose cabinet has recently allocated 24 billion shillings (local currency), which is approximately 6.5 million dollars at the current rate, for the construction of the plant. Moreover, this is only part of the investment, and in total it is planned to invest 40 million dollars. The enterprise is expected to reach full capacity in four years.
Kiira Motors was founded in 2007, as a result of the merger of a group of teachers and students of the Faculty of Technology at Makerere University to participate in the competition for the development of a five-seat hybrid plug-in for the Indian market. The team built a twin subcompact Kiira EV, which received a 26-horsepower electric motor with a power reserve of 80 km and a top speed of 100 km / h.
The second car was built in 2014 – the two-door Kiira EV Smack is powered by a sequential hybrid powerplant, which includes a 107-horsepower electric motor. A car with a length of 4,900 mm can accelerate to 60 km / h in 10.6 seconds and gain a “maximum speed” of 140 km / h.
On Kiira EV Smack there was a radiator grille with a special design, which later appeared on the electric bus Kayoola. The latter was built in February 2016 and received solar panels to power an electric power plant.
By the way, the company is already 95% state-owned. It should play an important role in the development of the local automotive industry, the project of which was submitted to the Cabinet in 2015. The German technology group RLE International appreciated the project positively, which probably influenced the judgments of Ugandan ministers who only recently approved it.
At the first stage, Kiira Motors will assemble the buses, since they have locally available components. In the further plans of the company sedans, crossovers and light-middle trucks. The cost of cars that will be equipped with ICE and electric power plants will be 25-35 thousand dollars. The business plan refers to car kits from “the world’s leading manufacturers”, most likely, from the Middle Kingdom. On the shoulders of local manufacturers “fall”: bumpers, seats, brake pads, mountings and on-board electronics.
The most likely outcome of the implementation of the “innovative-African approach” will be an enterprise for the collection of Chinese cars. True, there are also positive moments: the plant will create 900-2000 jobs, and new cars will appear on the roads of Uganda. Currently, the volume of imports of cars in Uganda is 45 thousand units, with 85% – with mileage.