Impact of Electric Bodaboda centralized charge stations on the distribution Power Grid in Kampala. Case study: Wandegeya
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Due to their speed, maneuverability, and flexibility, boda bodas, or motorbike taxis, are an important mode of transportation for most Ugandans. Internal combustion engines, which are used to power traditional boda boda, contribute to pollution and climate change. These difficulties will probably be resolved with the introduction of electric bodas. In fact, the Ugandan government has set a goal to electrify more than 50% of its motorbikes by 2030. However, it is debatable whether the current grid is prepared to handle the new influx of electric bodas given the weak power network and lack of a reliable electricity access. Hence this project intends to investigate the readiness of the grid to the added load. Wandegeya was chosen as a case study due to a high concentration of boda bodas in that area. Simulations were done in Digsilent and results were obtained to demonstrate the impact of the E-boda charging loads on the voltages and line loading of the power grid feeding this area.