This bureau is focused domestic research, development, technology transfer, and commercialization of innovations in the Mobility Industrial Value Chain. It includes motor vehicles, motorcycles, bicycles, and wheelchairs and other mobility devices, parts, as well as safe, inclusive, efficient and effective transport systems. The following has so far been achieved:
- Kiira Motors Corporation (KMC), a fully Government owned company, is now manufacturing two types of buses: the fully electric Kayoola EVS and the low-emission diesel engine buses. The buses have undergone comprehensive market validation and are now market So far, 11 buses have been made (4 fully electric city buses, 5 diesel city buses and 2 diesel long-haul executive coaches). The 4 electric buses were deployed under the Civil Aviation Authority for over two years and logged over 50,000km each, without any technical problems; Five diesel city buses are being operated by Tondeka Metro Company along the Ntinda circular route, Kampala; Two diesel coaches are on lease with Kalita Transporters operating between Bwera (Kasese) and Kampala; Two electric buses are being operated by Kalita Transporters along the Northern Bypass (Busega-Kireka), transporting 1,000 passengers daily. It is important to note that we have so far received inquiries and orders for over 130 buses.
- In August 2021, HE the President laid a foundation stone for the Kiira Vehicle Plant in Jinja, which is being constructed by National Enterprise Corporation. Phase I of the construction is complete and Phase II is at 14%. The plant is scheduled for commissioning in June 2023 with a production capacity of 22 buses per day/5,000 per year.
- Currently, KMC directly employs 85 Ugandans. Once fully operationalized, the plant will create 2,000 direct and 12,000 indirect jobs.
- Through local innovation and technology transfer, we are now able to locally:
- Make 100% of the chassis, body and frame of the diesel coach and electric city bus.
- Source steel, leaf springs, mufflers and Ugandan-made auxiliary batteries, auto-paints, roof carpets and steel brackets used in these buses.
Our goal is that by 2030 we should be able to locally make and source 65% of the total value of the buses. Capacity to manufacture buses here has the potential to save over USD 350 Million annually in foreign exchange in the medium term.
- We are undertaking deliberate skilling of local engineers, technicians and artisans to accelerate the localization of the bus parts and components, as well as undertake the service, maintenance and repair.
- We are undertaking local development of our own engine technology for use in a 3-in-1 Trike for Mobility, Power Generation and Irrigation to support the Parish Development Model and other affordable mobility needs.
- The Strategic Investment Plan for the Eco-Automotive Industrial and Technology Park (AITP) in Kayunga has been developed and the masterplan is underway. The AITP will support a wide range of Mobility Industrial Value Chain Investments in Mobility Systems Testing, Production, Mobility Systems Research and Development, and Domestic Manufacturing of Mobility Systems including Electric Vehicle Battery Packs, Bamboo Board, etc.
- Uganda also has multiple electric motorcycle initiatives including Zembo, Bodawerk, NFT Mobility, Safe Boda, Jumia and International University of East Africa championing the manufacturing of electric motorcycles with locally assembled batteries and battery swapping systems offering digital transport and logistics solutions. It is important to note that these electric motorcycles are 10% cheaper to buy, 67% cheaper to maintain and 10% cheaper to run than equivalent fuel motorcycles. These players need business funding to enable them scale up.
- In 2021, H.E directed that there should no longer be any importation of fully built buses. With the capacity we have built in making our own buses here, now is the time to implement the directive by HE the President.
- In the Presidential Addresses to the nation on 20th and 27th July 2022, HE the President guided that the correct way to address the current fuel price increase is to move from petrol to electric cars, buses, motorcycles and trains.
- An Inter-Ministerial Meeting was subsequently convened on Strategy for Catalyzing the Transition to E-Mobility in Uganda. The meeting constituted a Technical Taskforce to develop a comprehensive Strategy for the Transition to E-Mobility in Uganda that will subsequently be presented to Cabinet for approval. In the meantime, the Kayoola Electric City buses have been deployed for public transport in Kampala.
- The draft National Automotive Industry Policy has been developed, envisioning a Robust, Competitive and Sustainable Automotive Industry producing 500,000 Vehicles Annually by 2030 with a 12.5% (Approx. USD 20 Billion) contribution to Uganda’s GDP. The Policy is being prepared for submission to Cabinet for approval.