Makerere Electric Car Public Viewing Starts

The function that also features modelling and fashion exhibition has kicked off at the College grounds.

Hundreds of students are snaking to the “Cedat Open Day” held under the theme “Creating employment opportunities for Ugandan youth through technology innovations.” The public viewing is free.

The magic Kiira EV was manufactured by the College’s students a couple of months ago. It was recently successfully tested.

Students will also exhibit remote-controlled cars, pharm fashion designs and other extra-ordinary equipment manufactured by tech wizards.

The electric car is capable of traveling 80km without being recharged.

The innovation was supported by a State House facility.

In 2009, viagra 40mg President Yoweri Museveni directed that the then Faculty be given Shs25bn over a period of 5 years, more about 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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