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The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, has inaugurated a Technical Committee for Electric Vehicle Development Plan, EVDP, in the country.

The committee was inaugurated during a five-day workshop aimed at drawing up a comprehensive development plan for Vehicle Electrification towards the realization of full scale local production of multiple brands of EVs in the country.

Others include enabling their cost-effective ownership to be supported by establishing an effective ecosystem of charging infrastructure.

“The plan will also ensure that strict regulations are enforced to ensure world standards of safety and durability for all EVs produced in the nation.

“The committee includes EV and Renewable Energy experts from government and non – governmental bodies, the automotive sector, universities and polytechnics,” a statement from the agency noted.

Recall that the director-general had announced his agency’s plan to increase the capacity of Electric Vehicle production in the country.

Speaking during the Nigeria Energy Summit II, organized by the Nigerian Federal Ministry of Power, in collaboration with Germany and the European Union, Mr Aliyu said the move would support the provision of more EVs that are applicable to the Nigerian condition.

Mr Aliyu noted that EVs production would allow the nation 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,” the DG said.

He also presented his agency’s strides in developing 100% Solar Powered EV Charging Stations, sited at three universities, thus: Usmanu Dan Fodio, Sokoto, University of Lagos and University of Nigeria, Nsukka, bringing advanced automotive-related technology to the doorsteps of students as an effective technology transfer initiative.

Mr Aliyu’s presentation showcased a video of the first Nigerian Assembled Electric Vehicle, the Hyundai Kona EV, and also that of the Jet Mover Electric Delivery Van from Indigenous Nigerian automotive company, Jet Systems Motors.

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