Now all Uganda needs is extension cords that can reach nations with electricity.
The Guardian reports,
In an age of technological marvels, it may not be earth-stopping news that young engineers at Uganda’s Makerere University have made an electric car. But, as a university professor reminded me, this is big news for Uganda.
Sounds great right?
Some critics have questioned the rationale for spending research money on an electric car in a poor agrarian country with an ailing public healthcare system, and where electricity outages are the norm. One cartoon showed the Kiira being pushed by two men apparently because there was no electricity to charge it.
So Ugandan engineers have built an electric car that costs $35,000 — in a country where the per capita GDP is $1,300. US per capita GDP is about $47,000 and we still don’t want EVs.
Uganda produces about 63 kilowatt-hours of electricity per person. The U.S. produces about 13,300 kWh per person and EVs still haven’t caught on.
Sounds like the “some critics” are 100% correct.