Are we Ready?
Uganda’s potential to solve its complex transportation challenges through clean and multi-modal mobility solutions has been illustrated through initiatives such as the Kiira Motors Kayoola Solar Bus and applied research projects of testing electrification privately-owned minibus taxis. The next steps of the transition will require a more concerted and risk-tolerant effort to partner across private, public, and research sectors in advancing the industry.
A key to unlocking this opportunity lies in equal investment of e-vehicles and enabling EV infrastructure (charging stations, supportive transmission, and distribution networks). However, while electrification of transportation is an important goal, other issues must be addressed to achieve sustainable mobility in Uganda. These will include vehicle emissions standards, planning for attractive and vibrant mixed-use communities, safe and affordable access to transportation for all residents, and provision of non-motorized transportation alternatives.
World Resources Institute (WRI), in partnership with Shell Foundation(SF) and UK aid-funded Cities and Infrastructure for Growth (CIG) Uganda, researched the development of electric mobility (E-Mobility) in Uganda as a means to making transportation more sustainable for cities.