When unveiled officially on the market, the “beast,” Kiira EVS locally manufactured electric car will cost about $35,000 or Shs 130m, an official at Kiira Motors Corporation, the manufacturer, has said.
Sandy Stevens Tickodri-Togboa, the executive chairperson of Kiira Motors Corporation, said when properly engineered, a brand new beast car will cost $25,000 to $35,000 before taxes and its manufacture will be on placed orders for the start.
“The difference between our other brands like the Kayoola bus, Kiira EVS the “beast” runs both on rechargeable batteries and a normal combustion system,” he said at the weekend during a test drive around Kampala.
Togboa added, “When one is driving around Kampala, you can use the battery but when you are going to far places like Arua where I come from, you can use the petrol engine; however, the car [Kiira EVS the “beast”] will be manufactured on order basis.”
The Kiira EVS is a four-seater executive vehicle built off the Kiira EV SMACK platform fitted with a 2.0 litre petrol engine, five speed automatic transmission and an exquisite beige interior trim.
The Kiira EVS is on display at the on-going third Parliament week exhibition in the parliamentary parking yard. It will end on January 19. Allan Muhumuza, the business development manager at Kiira Motors Corporation, said Kiira Motors is participating in the exhibition to showcase the company’s potential as a local carmaker. He said they are ready to take production orders to supply vehicles for the local market.
“We have come a long way and now we are ready to take orders to produce vehicles for the Ugandan market. We at Kiira Motors have the competencies and capacity to take our vehicle innovations to the next level and we are ready,” he stressed.
He added that by showcasing the rebuilt Kiira EVS, the company will demonstrate to Ugandans the vast opportunities they can either invest in or participate in local content generation.
“When the automotive industry takes off with Kiira Motors in the lead, Ugandans should be in position to benefit directly by manufacturing and supplying vehicle parts for the Kiira car production plant in Jinja,” Muhumuza stated.
Kiira Motors Corporation has also produced the Kayoola solar bus. Kiira EV won regional and international recognition as a pioneer in developing vehicle clean-energy technologies in Africa.
Togboa explained that KMC was allocated Shs 24bn this financial year to, among others, extend utilities at their under-construction plant in Jinja Industrial Park.
“By the end of this year, there should be some good progress in the construction of the motor plant in Jinja; the government looks committed since it has started reimbursing funds; in the next four years, we expect to get Shs 143bn in phases,” he said.
Togboa also hinted that when the plant is fully constructed, KMC plans to enter into agreement with other global car manufacturers to use the plant.
“The facility will be available for other car manufacturing companies like Tata (Indian company); the plant is big enough to accommodate other interest players,” he said.