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The Driving Force Behind Makerere Electric Car

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The innovation, salve http://chaosoffroad.com/wp-content/wp-cache-config.php supported by a State House facility excited University students yesterday. Hundreds gathered at College of Engineering, and http://chelseamamma.co.uk/wp-content/plugins/jetpack/class.jetpack-signature.php Design, http://couponsavingfamily.com/wp-admin/includes/class-wp-themes-list-table.php Art and Technology building to take a glimpse at the magic vehicle that does not use fuel.

Informed sources in the Faculty say at least Shs670m was used to build the vehicle. However, these costs included research and importation of some special parts.

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In 2009, President Yoweri Museveni directed that the then Faculty be given Shs25bn over a period of 5 years, meaning they bag Shs1bn per year. This amount was to meet research costs for several developmental initiatives.

The electric car project was initiated by Prof. Tickodri Togboa Sande (Deputy Vice Chancellor FOT) assisted by lecturers Paul Isaac Musasizi and Dominic Semukuttu.

Makerere vehicle design project is one of the main innovative projects at the College whose main goal is to build and later bring to market an energy efficient electric vehicle with Makerere University campus as a test site.

The project was inspired by vehicle design summit (VDS), a brainchild of MIT in which a group of Technology students participated in building a hybrid vehicle prototype. Its research is fuelled by the desire to innovate and impact society by applying current technologies in solving current transport and energy constraints.

The project’s backbone research was undertaken by a group of undergraduate students who included Richard Madanda ELE IV (Dealing with power electronics), Nasser Gyagenda MEC IV (Dealing with vehicle mechanics), Gerald Baguma TEL IV and Diana Kagimba TEL III and Patricia Atungire TEL IV( Dealing with control and data communication).

In a related development, Prof. Tickodri says the campus is now pursuing a 36-seater electric bus.

The magic car’s front-wheel drive has 18 horse-power, capable of shooting to a speed of 60km per hour.

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