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Electric vehicles: Malami assures NADDC of policy support for mass production

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The Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami SAN, has assured the National Automotive Design and Development Agency, NADDC, of support in terms of policy towards mass production of electric vehicles in the country.

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Mr Malami gave the assurance on Friday while test-driving the first electric car assembled in Nigeria, Hyundai Kona EV, presented to him by the NADDC Director-General, Jelani Aliyu, in Abuja.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the vehicle was unveiled on February 5, 2021 in Abuja.

The car has a price tag of N24 million per one, with 5 years battery and manufacturers’ warranty, 100 percent electric, zero-emission and Hassle-free charging at home and workplace.

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According to the AGF, Electric Vehicle technology is environmentally friendly, “taking into consideration the global standards towards reduction of environmental pollution”.

He advised the NADDC to come up with policies that would necessitate the provision of charging points at strategic filling stations across the country, stressing that such measure is necessary in view of the acceptability the technology is getting across the country.

Mr Malami, therefore, assured the agency of the OAGF’s support as regards necessary policies and legal framework for facilitating mass production of the vehicles in the country.

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While expressing satisfaction on the achievements of the NADDC DG, Mr Malami said he was aware of the ongoing projects and policies of the council around the country, especially the electric vehicle technology which Mr Aliyu had been championing.

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Earlier, the NADDC Boss had said that by 2025, at least 30 percent of passenger vehicles in Nigeria will be electric.

According to him, electric cars have come to stay, adding that Nigeria would not be left out in the transition from fuel-powered vehicles to electric cars.

Mr Aliyu said the Stallion Group, which led the innovation in electric cars in Nigeria, has invested about $300 million in Nigeria.

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