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Kayoola bus transporting UCAA Staff in Market-validation Campaign


Jul 28, 2020 ,

Kayoola EV, the all electric propulsion bus developed by Kiira Motors Corporation, is in a market-validation campaign that seeks to establish customer perception of the vehicle operations under real market conditions. In the same move, the company continues to offer free transportation of Entebbe airport staff for a period that will last up to September 11.

Kayoola bus costs Sh320= per kilometre moved compared to a diesel bus which costs Sh1,670= in terms of costs

Uganda Civil Aviation Authority (UCAA) has embraced the Kayoola bus to transport its staff for a period of two months. While experiencing a ride in one of the buses on Monday, Fred Bamwesigye, the acting director general for UCAA, noted that Kiira motors corporation offered to pilot the Kayoola EVS-low-floor electric bus with the aviation body for 8weeks.

“In the complimentary offer to UCAA, the shuttles are working alongside our buses, but are specifically used three times a week,” explained Bamwesigye, adding that, Kayoola bus had started transporting Entebbe airport staff on July 20. With a sitting capacity of 90 people, the buses could complement air transport operations and beef up road transport by providing more options to arriving and departing passengers in connecting to the city.

Inside the Kiira motor Kayoola bus

“The new concept resonates well with our core value of embracing new ideas and technology since we live in a rapidly changing environment. It is even more pertinent that the bus is environmentally friendly because it is electric powered, which rules out the burning of diesel and associated pollution. I have also noted the state of art safety and assistive technology for people with special needs including special seats and ramp for easy boarding of people in wheelchairs,” remarked Bamwesigye.

Allan Muhumuza the Kiira motors corporation marketing manager described Kayoola bus as efficient and effective in terms of maintenance. “It costs half of the maintenance fees compared to a diesel bus, depending on a distance to be travelled. Kayoola bus costs Sh320= per kilometre moved compared to a diesel bus which costs Sh1,670= in terms of costs,” explained Muhumuza.

Bamwesigye is optimistic that UCAA may partner with Kiira motors in the future, to have some of the aviation staff transported with Kayoola bus. He implored all entities and companies in Uganda to consider supporting the Ugandan-made electric bus.

Kayoola bus while accessing Entebbe airport

Vianney Luggya, the UCAA public affairs manager says, feedback has so far been positive with staff impressed by the quiet ambiance, comfort and on-board amenities such as WiFi, air-conditioning, electronic device charging ports and entertainment.

Kiira Motors Corporation has so far put two electric buses and has ordered component for another two plus two Euro-IV, conventional diesel engine buses. All the four units will be assembled at the temporary facilities in Nakasongola, where one of the two units on the road was built by a combined team of technicians from Kiira Motors and the Uganda Peoples Defence Forces.

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