2018 – The year of Electric Cars in Nigeria

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Electric cars in Nigeria to be launched in 2018.

Nigus Enfinity, a nigerian cmpany, has plans of introducing Electric Cars into the Nigerian automobile market from 2018. Groundwork for establishing the first local assembly plant for Electronic Vehicles (EV’s) by 2020 is also underway.

Malik Ado-Ibrahim, the chairman of Nigus Enfinity and the first African to lead the Formula 1 Team global race car competition in 1999, said his firm which is building 100 megawatts (mw) solar power plant in Katsina and another in Adamawa state, has also partnered with Chinese auto giant, BYD (Build Your Dreams) to bring EVs massively into Nigeria at affordable costs from 2018.

On Thursday, August 24, Malik spoke to journalists in an interactive session which was held in Abuja. He explained that many countries have set targets for phasing out petrol-fuelled vehicles. India is targeting 2030, and the United Kingdom, 2040.

He believes that Nigeria and African may become the waste bin for the phased out combustion driven vehicles if they do not look to be a part of the automotive revolution.

“We are also working with BYD to get a local brand and start an electric vehicle assembly plant for Nigeria from 2020. Gradually we will move to an EV with the African DNA starting in Nigeria.” He mentioned.

It is, however, unknown how these vehicles will take in Nigeria. In June, Elon Musk had unveiled the world’s cheapest electric car, which was priced at N11 million.


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