Delta State Government Thursday said it was considering investment in electric vehicles (EVs) for mass transportation to mitigate the impact of fuel subsidy removal on the citizens.
The State Governor, Rt. Hon. Sheriff Oborevwori stated this the after inspection and test-drive of two electric vehicles presented by Ajaere Motors and JET Motor Company at Government House, Asaba.
With the removal of fuel subsidy and the unprecedented hike in petroleum price, there has been increased interest in vehicles powered by electricity and compressed natural gas (CNG).
Weeks back, Vice President Kashim Shettima announced plans by the federal government to make a radical shift to the mass deployment of CNG vehicles in all the 36 states for public transportation.
NADDC championing Nigeria’s aggressive adoption of EVs
In the last two years, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has been championing Nigeria’s aggressive adoption of EVs to rework Nigeria’s automotive industry with less dependency on fossil fuel.
Director General, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu, had last month announced that the Electric Vehicle Development Plan in Nigeria was ready for ratification and implementation to usher in a new era of growth for the sector.
The NADDC is fostering a culture of adoption of EVs through friendly policies and incentives to support the local assembly of EVs and market acceptance.
Meanwhile, the Delta State government has set up a committee to examine the “economic viability and operational sustainability of electric vehicles in Nigeria.” The committee is headed by be headed by Secretary to the State Government, (SSG), Dr Kingsley Emu.
JET commends NADDC
JET Motors is an indigenous Nigerian company and one of the leading brands in the African Automotive Industry, providing affordable and eco-friendly transportation options for Africans. The company produces a range of electric vehicles for both passenger and utility applications.
According to the Chief Operating Officer, Mr. Oluwemimo Joseph Osanipin, during a recent function at the NADDC office in Abuja, the company has received tremendous support from the NADDC for approval of the JET Motors EVs and charging infrastructure which has helped “to open a new chapter of possibilities for the company.”
He added: “Beyond embracing the current realities of the removal of fuel subsidy by the current administration, e-mobility appears to be the future, being an innovation that is positively disrupting the traditional mode of powering mobility.”