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Uganda commits $6.5m to Kiira EV - 12 months ago, 16 Apr 16:42

Raymond Tamale

Uganda has committed nearly Ush24 billion ($6.5 million) in this year’s budget to put the first fully Ugandan-made car on the road. This is part of an expected total spend of Ush145 billion ($39.8 million) over four years, from 2018 to 2022. Last Monday, Cabinet endorsed the commercialisation of the Kiira EV project, whose prototype electronic car was released in 2011. The Kiira EV is expected to reach full production capacity of 60,000 units per year by 2039. The Minister of Science, Technology and Innovation, Elioda Tumwesigye, said the decision was informed by an appraisal and the approval of a feasibility study by the Ministry of Finance, Planning and Economic Development for setting up and operating the Kiira vehicle plant. “This project is going to be undertaken in phases, with the market entry point being assembly of vehicles in partnership with vehicle manufacturers,” Dr Tumwesigye said. Phase  Two would involve ...
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