Automotive Council takes steps to develop Nigerian electric car policy

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Despite Nigeria’s inability to produce fuel-powered cars to meet the needs of its domestic market and the shortfall in the country’s electricity supply, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has indicated that it is strategising and developing an electric car policy to prepare the nation for the production and use of electric vehicles, THISDAY reports.

A statement issued yesterday by Jelani Aliyu, the Director General of NADDC said the council was working on developing the policy to support the adoption and use of electric cars in the country. “NADDC is working on strategising and developing an electrified vehicle policy to support the adoption and use of electric vehicles in Nigeria because we must position ourselves to be at the forefront of viable new automotive technology,” Aliyu said.

“Inputs from relevant stakeholders are being collated before the final document is submitted for government’s approval,” he added. He also said that the NADDC was actively working with global automobile manufacturers such as BMW, Ford, Nissan, Toyota and Volkswagen with a view towards the setting up of operations to produce brand new cars locally and employ thousands of Nigerians.