The United Kingdom has expressed interest to support the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, in the production of electric vehicles in Nigeria.
The UK Partnering for Accelerated Climate Transitions, UK-PACT, team made this known on Wednesday during a meeting with the NADDC Director-General, Jelani Aliyu, in Abuja.
DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the UK team were on a mission to Nigeria to engage with stakeholders working towards Nigeria’s Nationally Determined Contribution, NDC, Climate Change Act, and Energy Transition Plan implementation.
NADDC is championing the development and utilization of carbonless Electric Vehicles, EVs, and the Autogas program in Nigeria.
And these projects are of interest to the UK-PACT team, hence their visit to the NADDC as part of their stakeholders’ consultative mission to the country.
Members of the team are: Joseph Tyrrell, Senior UK International Climate Finance Adviser, Abdulmutalib Yussuff, UK PACT Programme Lead, and Simona Majernikova, UK PACT Skillshare Lead.
Since its unveiling in February 2022, the electric vehicles program has received more support from industry stakeholders, including international communities.
Speaking at an event recently, the NADDC DG noted that EVs production would allow the nation to meet its target for the Paris Accord and the 2060 net-zero commitment, both on reducing harmful gas emissions from vehicles.
“The Council has started work on an Electric Vehicle Policy, a set of fiscal incentives for both producers and buyers/users of EVs in Nigeria,” Mr Aliyu had said.
According to him, by 2025, at least 30 percent of passenger vehicles in Nigeria will be electric, disclosing that the Federal Government had invested about $1 billion in the auto industry in Nigeria as at 2019.