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PHOTOS: Osinbajo test drives Nigeria-assembled electric car, says ‘its fantastic innovation’

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Ibrahim Ramalan is a graduate of Mass Communications from the Ahmadu Bello University (ABU) Zaria. With nearly a decade-long, active journalism practice, Mr Ramalan has been able to rise from a cub reporter to the exalted position of an editor; first as Arts Editor with the Blueprint Newspapers before resigning in 2019; second and presently as an Associate Editor of the Daily Nigerian online newspaper. He can be reached via [email protected], or www.facebook.com/ibrahim.ramalana, or @McRamalan on Twitter.
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Vice President Yemi Osinbajo has test-driven the first electric car assembled in Nigeria, Hyundai Kona EV.

On February 5, the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, under the leadership of its Director-General, Jelani Aliyu, had unveiled the first locally-made electric car 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.

Speaking after test-driving the vehicle during the opening ceremony of the exhibition of Made-In-Nigeria products and cultural display held at Eagle Square, Abuja, Mr Osinbajo described the car as a fantastic innovation.

According to the V-P, the making of the innovative car is a showcase of what is possible in our country.

Mr Osinbajo said: “it was a very good drive, fantastic. It just shows what is possible. I am glad to see that this is an assembled-in-Nigeria electric car. You can literally charge it anywhere. I think it is a very fantastic innovation; fantastic product, and I can tell because I just drove it.”

Other dignitaries at the event which is part of Nigeria’s 60th anniversary celebration included the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, Ministers of FCT, Mohammed Bello; and Information and Culture, Lai Mohammed.

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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