The Uganda Electric Mobility Association (UEMA) was recently launched, aiming to promote and advance electric mobility in the country.
The Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and advancing electric mobility in Uganda. With a mission to drive the adoption of electric vehicles and support the development of charging infrastructure, UEMA advocates for supportive policies, encourages innovation, and raises public awareness about the benefits of clean and efficient transportation.
“At UEMA, we believe that electric mobility holds tremendous potential to revolutionize transportation, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance energy efficiency,” the company said in a statement. “Our mission is to drive the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) by advocating for supportive policies, encouraging innovation, and raising public awareness about the benefits of clean and efficient transportation.”
The association also fosters collaboration between industry players, government agencies, and research institutions to propel the electric mobility agenda forward.
We briefly explore Uganda’s growing interest in electric vehicles, the rationale behind this shift, the ongoing developments led by key companies, and the collaborative efforts to propel the electric mobility agenda forward.
Uganda’s Interest in Electric Vehicles
Uganda has set its sights on embracing electric vehicles (EVs) as part of its commitment to sustainable transportation.
President Yoweri Kaguta Museveni announced during his 2022 year-end national address that the government will provide electric motorcycles as a trade-in option for those currently riding internal combustion engine (ICE) motorcycles.
This initiative not only supports the transition to cleaner transportation but also helps motorcycle operators save 50% of the cost. Uganda has partnered with investors who will fund this large-scale program, which will utilize domestically-produced Ugandan electric motorcycles.
With a focus on supportive policies, innovation, and collaboration, Uganda is paving the way for a greener future. The widespread adoption of electric vehicles will not only contribute to a healthier environment and improved air quality but also reduce dependence on fossil fuels.
Rationale for Embracing Electric Vehicles
Uganda’s interest in electric vehicles is driven by its vision to revolutionize transportation, reduce carbon emissions, and enhance energy efficiency. By transitioning from traditional motorcycles to electric alternatives, Uganda aims to contribute to a healthier environment, improved air quality, and reduced dependence on fossil fuels.
The government’s initiative to provide trade-in options demonstrates its commitment to making electric mobility accessible and affordable for all.
Already, Uganda’s electric mobility sector is propelled by several companies leading the way toward a sustainable future. One such company is Bodawerk International Ltd, which specializes in the local assembly of electric vehicles, including motorcycles, wheelchairs, tractors, and camper trailers. Their diverse range of electric vehicles provides clean energy alternatives for various transportation needs, promoting sustainable mobility solutions in Uganda.
Karaa, a startup focused on sustainable and cost-effective transportation solutions, has developed electric delivery bicycles tailored to the needs of small businesses and fleets. This innovative approach not only supports local businesses but also reduces carbon emissions in urban areas.
Modjo Energies, a Ugandan technology startup, utilizes sustainable technologies to provide accessible and affordable transportation solutions. Through collaborations with industry players, businesses, and academia, they are driving the growth of electric mobility in Uganda, fostering innovation and deployment of sustainable solutions.
Soleil Power is actively building East Africa’s first production-scale lithium-ion battery assembly plant. By meeting the increasing demand for stationary energy storage and e-mobility battery solutions, they play a crucial role in establishing a reliable charging infrastructure and supporting the widespread adoption of electric vehicles.
SPIRO, in partnership with the Ugandan government, is introducing electric motorbikes and establishing charging and battery-swapping stations across the country. With their proven track record in other African countries, SPIRO’s deployment of thousands of electric vehicles and its vast network of swap stations make them a key player in Uganda’s electric mobility revolution.
Telecommunication firm, MTN Uganda is also embarking on this journey. The telco said it will gradually integrate electric vehicles into its fleet. This came after they received their first electric car from Motorcare Uganda Ltd. While receiving the car at their head offices in Kampala, the telco’s CEO, Ms. Sylvia Mulinge said “Climate change is real, and we’re taking action. MTN Uganda is committed to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and embracing electric vehicles for a greener fleet.”
Future Plans for Electric Vehicle Adoption
Looking ahead, Uganda has ambitious plans to establish an electric motorbike assembly plant, further promoting local manufacturing and job creation. By developing domestic production capabilities, the country aims to unlock economic growth, reduce import-export imbalances, and foster sustainable development.