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PHOTOS: Jelani Aliyu, unveils first electric car assembled in Nigeria

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Ibrahim Ramalan
Rayyan Alhassan is a graduate of Journalism and Mass Communication at Sikkim Manipal University, Ghana. He is the acting Managing Editor at the Daily Nigerian newspaper, a position he has held for the past 3 years. He can be reached via [email protected], or, or @Rayyan88 on Twitter.
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The Director-General, National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, in collaboration with the Stallion Group, has unveiled the first locally-made electric car, Hyundai Kona.

DAILY NIGERIAN reports that the car has a price tag of N24 million per one.

The car also has 5 years battery and manufacturers’ warranty, 100 per cent electric, zero-emission and Hassle-free charging at home and workplace.

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Speaking at the unveiling in Abuja on Friday, the Director-General 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.

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Mr Aliyu said the Federal Government has invested about $1 billion in the auto industry in Nigeria as at 2019.

The NADDC boss said the Stallion Group, which led the innovation in electric cars in Nigeria, has invested about $300 million in Nigeria.

Also speaking, the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo, said electric cars would lead to a reduction in fuel consumption and environmental degradation.

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He said the Trade Ministry has been working with NADDC to review the automotive policy to further strengthen the automotive industry in Nigeria.

He encouraged automotive plants to invest in developing electric vehicles in Nigeria.

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The Chief Executive Officer of Stallion Group, Anant Badjatya, said the company, which has operated for over four decades in the country, has done significant investments in the country.

Mr Badjatya said electric cars are the future of the automobile industry and Nigeria should not delay keying into it.

He said Hyundai Kona is powered 100 percent electrically and has zero-emission.

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