In a move to position Nigeria as a frontrunner in vehicle electrification, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has joined forces with major automotive industry players to hold a validation workshop on the draft National Action Plan for the Development of Electric Vehicles (EVs) in the country,leadership report.

The workshop, which was themed “Positioning Nigeria Among The
Leading Countries In Vehicle Electrification”, took place on Tuesday, July 18, 2023 in Abuja.

It aimed to pave the way for the country’s future in electric mobility.

The Director General of NADDC, Mr. Jelani Aliyu, expressed his commitment to embracing advanced technology and emphasized the Council’s dedication to vehicle electrification in Nigeria.

“The NADDC has achieved a significant investment of 1 billion dollars (over 5 billion Naira) in the Nigerian auto sector over the past few years. Several prominent auto companies, including Jet Motors, Coscharis, Stallion Group, Lanre Shittu Motors, and others, are working towards producing 400 electric vehicles annually.

“The first electric vehicle assembled in Nigeria, the Hyundai Kona, boasts an impressive range of 400km on a single charge, while Jet Motors’ offering achieves 300km per charge.

“To support the adoption of EV technology, the NADDC has also established EV/Solar-powered charging stations at key locations, such as UDUS, UNN, UNILAG, and the NADDC Headquarters in Abuja,” Aliyu said.

Also speaking, Mr. Adewale Rasheed, the Director of Industry Development Department, who represented the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, acknowledged the significance of the recent 2023 Nigeria Automotive Industry Development Plan (NAIDP).

Adewale said, “The validation workshop fostered inclusivity and synergy among stakeholders to create a detailed and comprehensive Action Plan for the development of electric vehicles in Nigeria.

“The success of this robust plan is expected to drive the implementation of NAIDP and make locally-produced EVs more affordable and accessible to government agencies, private companies, and individuals in the country.”


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