Nigerian Man Invents Electric Motorcycles in Uganda, Gets Presidential Applause

Nigerian Man Invents Electric Motorcycles in Uganda, Gets Presidential Applause

  • A Nigerian scientist and engineer has led a team of researchers to develop electric motorbikes in Uganda
  • Proefessor Emeka Akaezuwa who is the Vice-Chancellor of International University of East Africa in Uganda said that his team used local talents in building the vehicles
  • According to him, the aim is to create jobs in the country as the motorbikes have been proven to be viable and are already on the roads in Kampala

A Nigerian who also doubles as the Vice Chancellor of the International University of East Africa in Uganda, Emeka Akaezuwa has led a team of researchers to invent electric motorbikes in Uganda.

Akaezuwa who is a scientist and an engineer led the team to develop the bikes as an answer to fuel problems in the East African country which the Ugandan President, Yoweri Museveni described as groundbreaking and a departure from the use of petrol vehicles.

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Emeka Akaezuwa invents electric bikes Ceadit: Reinhard Krull / EyeEm
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The move to create jobs

According to the Nigerian-born engineer, his team used local talents in developing vehicles to solve the transportation needs of the Ugandan people.

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He said:

“Our whole philosophy about this is to produce in Uganda, to develop products and solutions for transportation in Uganda based on mobility, using clean energy.
“We have created e-motorcycles to enable us to create jobs here in Uganda, and develop the capacity and the talent to build technological solutions in the area of transportation."

According to reports, he said the electric motorbikes are already on the roads in Kampala, the Ugandan capital as they are piloting them, saying that research has shown that the motorcycles are very viable and that they can be built in Uganda using local talents.

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