The Federal Government has opened discussions with international stakeholders in the automobile sector to kick-start a pilot programme on electric vehicles (EV). This is in line with the global trend in vehicle electrification with fossil fuel being phased out while mobility is largely powered by electricity and batteries.
The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, disclosed this at the weekend while delivering a keynote speech at the 2018 annual Nigeria Auto Journalists’ Awards (NAJA) in Lagos, saying electric vehicles are desirable in Nigeria.
Aliyu explained that the EV Pilot Programme comprised three components such as the vehicles itself, charging stations and training/maintenance. According to him, Nigeria must not shy away from vehicle electrification which informed the discussion the country has opened with both electric vehicle and power station manufacturers.
The DG stressed that it was in line with this commitment that the council in August this year signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Volkswagen to produce vehicles in Nigeria. He further disclosed that in order to develop the technical manpower of the youth, NADDC is building seven automotive training centres, one in each of the six geopolitical zones, and the seventh in the FCT.
Source: Daily Trust