Stakeholders to meet over Uganda’s Electric Vehicle Charging Ecosystem

Local and international stakeholders are set to meet in Kampala to discuss the possibility of setting up a scalable Electric Vehicle (EV) Charging Ecosystem in Uganda.
The objective of the engagement planned at Kabira Country Club in Kampala on Tuesday (August 30) is to consult with key stakeholders from the public and private sectors and provide input on how to develop a viable electric vehicle charging ecosystem in Uganda. The Ministry of Energy and Mineral Development (MEMD) is coordinating the event hand-in-hand with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.
In a July 20 presidential address, H.E. Gen. Yoweri K. Museveni, the President of the Republic of Uganda, highlighted Uganda’s commitment to pursuing electric mobility as an alternative and a long-term solution to Uganda’s recent challenges with escalating oil and gas prices. On the other hand, promoting Environmentally Friendly Transport Solutions is Uganda’s aspiration in
Vision 2040, the National Development Plan III, and the NRM Party Manifesto 2021 – 2026.
“It will be a roundtable discussion, focusing on the broad range of electrification of transport (buses, personal vehicles and motorcycles),” explains the MEMD Permanent Secretary, Irene Bateebe.“We note that the availability of EVs and the necessary charging infrastructure have to
move in tandem. The low uptake of EVs can, among other reasons, be attributed to the lack of public EV charging infrastructure and vice versa, making this a chicken and egg dilemma.”
An eMobility Taskforce was recently established with key stakeholders to boost electric mobility in Uganda.
The Tuesday roundtable is part of an ongoing feasibility study by NTCS GreenBee, a Dutch consulting firm on energy and electric mobility in the country. The Netherlands Enterprise Agency sponsors the study in collaboration with Kiira Motors Company and MEMD.
The Minister of State for Energy, Okaasai S. Opolot, said the establishment of EV Charging Infrastructure poses an immense potential to utilise the surplus hydropower in the country and would “enable Uganda to leapfrog toward Electric Mobility and sustainable transport solutions”.

“A well-planned network of charging stations with sufficient energy capacity is urgently needed for the market to build trust for potential EV-buyers that they can always charge, as well as a scalable market model for EV charging that will attract investors and new businesses,” he adds.
According to NTCS’ Area Director Africa, Bas Hoefman, once the transition is supported by government initiatives, clear policies and regulations, funding, and private sector investments, “a standard model could be implemented here, and Uganda will have a bright future”.
About NTCS GreenBee Established in 2001 in The Hague, The Netherlands, NTCS GreenBee is a niche consulting firm in the Telecom, Energy and Electric Mobility domains. NTCS has built a broad spectrum of international experience and knowledge in the e-mobility sector, especially in the field of charging infrastructure.
NTCS offers the expertise and experience of professionals that made the Netherlands a front-runner in energy transformation. After successfully setting up various electric vehicle charging systems in Europe, the Caribbean, the Middle East and the Americas, NTCS sees great potential in the nascent but high￾potential East African market.