First Solar-Powered Bus To Be Launched in Uganda This Month

(Inhabitant, grit)

After a successful test drive, the east African nation of Uganda will launch its first completely solar-powered bus, the Kayoola, later this month. The move marks a powerful first step in the pursuit of cleaner public transit.

Developed by Kiira Motors Corporation, the Kayoola is powered by two batteries that store solar energy derived from panels installed on the roof. Its range is 80 kilometers (50 miles), which means it will be utilized for inner-city use for the time being instead of more distanced travel. The 35-seater is set to launch for public use on February 16.

By 2018, Kiira hopes to employ up to 7,000 people involved with the production of the Kayoola, BBC reports.

Short clip of Kayoola in motion below;

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