The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has reiterated its commitment towards the local production of environment-friendly Electric Vehicles (EVs) for use by every Nigerian.
At the just concluded Nigerian Energy Summit II, organised by Germany, the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power and the European Union, the Director General of the NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, announced his agency’s plan to enable the capacity of Electric Vehicle production in the country.
This, he said, would support the provision of more EVs that are applicable to the Nigerian condition, allow the nation meet its targets for the Paris Accord and the 2060 net zero commitment, both on reducing harmful gas emissions from vehicles.
Meanwhile, the council has started work on an Electric Vehicle Policy, under which is a set of fiscal incentives for both producers and buyers/users of EVs in Nigeria.
He also presented his agency’s strides in developing 100 per cent solar-powered EV charging stations, sited at three universities across the country.
These are Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in a strategic move aimed at bringing advanced automotive related technology to the doorsteps of students as an effective technology transfer initiative.
Aliyu’s presentation showcased a video of the first Nigerian assembled electric vehicle, the Hyundai Kona EV, and also Jet Mover electric delivery van from indigenous Nigerian automotive company, Jet Systems Motors.
At the end of the summit, participants had the opportunity to drive the Hyundai Kona EV to get a feel of the vehicle’s technology.