By Makundi Senzota
Arusha Technical College (ATC) in Tanzania, in collaboration with Hanyang and Seoul Universities from South Korea, have tested an electric Motorcycle that is expected to reduce the cost of transport in Tanzania and in East Africa. The electric motor cycle, which was tested in Tanzania for the first time, is expected to use clean energy and reduce reliance on fossil fuels for transport.
The inauguration Ceremony of the Bike took place at Arusha Technical College Main Campus and the Arusha Regional Commissioner Hon. John Mongela was the Guest of Honor to introduce the Bike which has been made by ATC in collaboration with Hanyang and Seoul Universities from South Korea.
The Arusha Regional Commissioner Hon. John Mongela tests a new Electric Bike made at ATC when he came for the inauguration.
Speaking after introducing the Bike, RC Mongela said that the production of the bike will be of great importance in transportation sector as it does not involve the use of fuel.
“For the first time we have seen the Bike that does not have the normal fuel engine, it uses Batteries whose life time can extend to 20 years, as motorbike transportation sector keeps growing, it will provide employment to the youth and the Bikes will be available in affordable price” said RC Mongela.
On the other hand Arusha Technical College through EASTRIP Project plans to implement Students and Staff exchange with other TVET institutes where by 20 students from ATC will be sent to Kenya Coast National Polytechnic while the other 20 students from Kenya Coast will come at ATC to learn for a duration of one month. Other 2 staff will be sent to Kengen and 5 staff will be attached to Mwalimu Nyerere Hydropower Plant for practical trainings.
The writer is a Public Relations Officer at ATC