DIT’s Innovative Triumph: Electric Tricycles Revolutionize Local Transportation
In a groundbreaking achievement, the subsidiary innovative company of the Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology (DIT) has unveiled its remarkable feat – the successful design and assembly of four electric tricycles (Bajaji) using locally sourced materials in just three months. This development promises to reshape the landscape of local transportation, offering an eco-friendly and cost-effective alternative to traditional petrol-powered tricycles.
The revelation was made during a recent visit by Prof Carolyne Nombo, the Permanent Secretary in the Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, to the institution. Agnes Kimwaga, the Marketing Manager of the company, proudly presented their achievement and shared their vision for the future.
Ms. Kimwaga’s enthusiasm was palpable as she detailed the company’s accomplishments. Alongside the locally assembled electric tricycles, they have also successfully put together an additional 20 tricycles using imported parts. This blend of local craftsmanship and international components underscores their commitment to both quality and sustainability.
One of the standout features of these electric tricycles is their reliance on rechargeable batteries for power. When properly charged, these batteries can propel the tricycles for distances ranging from 80 to 100 kilometers. This sustainable approach not only reduces the environmental footprint but also promises significant savings for tricycle operators.
A Testament to Quality and Collaboration
In Ms. Kimwaga’s explanation, she emphasized that these tricycles are of exceptional quality. The process of their creation and assembly engaged both the company’s dedicated employees and students from DIT. This collaboration has resulted in a product that stands out in terms of durability, functionality, and design.
The market’s enthusiastic response to these electric tricycles has been nothing short of remarkable. Their high demand has prompted the institute to set in motion plans for mass production. Certification from the Tanzania Bureau of Standards (TBS) is already underway, and once completed, these innovative vehicles will be officially introduced to the public.
What sets these electric tricycles apart from the ordinary ones on the market is their use of rechargeable batteries and sturdy metal frames. In Ms. Kimwaga’s words, “Our tricycles at the back seat can accommodate six passengers, that is to say, two more than the usual tricycles common in the market.” This increased capacity has generated considerable interest among drivers, tricycle owners, and dealers alike.
Economic Benefits and Environmental Impact
These electric tricycles not only provide a solution to the challenges posed by fluctuating fuel prices but also offer the potential for increased profitability. Carrying two extra passengers can translate into higher earnings for tricycle operators while simultaneously reducing the overall cost of transportation for passengers.
Ms. Kimwaga concluded, “When we are done with the certification process underway, we shall be capable of engaging in mass production of these tricycles.” The horizon for these electric tricycles appears promising, offering a cleaner, more efficient, and economically viable mode of transportation that could significantly benefit both operators and passengers alike.
The Dar es Salaam Institute of Technology’s innovative foray into electric tricycle production signifies a remarkable step forward in local ingenuity and sustainable transportation solutions. As these eco-friendly tricycles near mass production, they hold the potential to revolutionize the way people commute in Tanzania and contribute to a greener and more economically sound future.
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