The making of Makerere University’s solar-powered Kayoola Electric Vehicle (EV). The 30-seater today made its first successful road test drive to Namboole.
The research started back in 2007, when Prof Sandy Steven Tickodri-Togboa headed what was then known as the Vehicle Design Project, in the old faculty of Engineering. Tickodri-Togboa recalls that the project was pivotal.
“This idea was inspired by Makerere’s participation in the 2006-2008 Vehicle Design Summit 2.0, which was headed by the US-based Massachusetts Institute of Technology [MIT],” Tickodri-Togboa recalls.
“Makerere was the only African participant and we were the lead team in the development of power electronics and data networking of the Vision 200 prototype. From there we went on to develop our own vehicle”
The bus can do 80km without recharge. It is set to be officially launched at Serena hotel on February 12 by President Museveni.