Nigeria lacks basic infrastructure to support electric vehicles – Experts

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The Managing Director, Stallion NMN, which assembles Nissan, Infiniti and other brands in Nigeria, Parvir Singh doesn’t see the feasibility of his company importing green vehicles into Nigeria unless enabling infrastructure is created, Oriental News reports.

Considering the poor state of electricity supply in Nigeria, Singh expected the country’s journey to green vehicles to begin from the point of stable power supply. Electric vehicles such as the Nissan Leaf and BMW have been introduced in South Africa.

The Director General, Africa Clean Energy Summit, Dr. Victor Fodeke, said the country required a holistic plan that would enable the introduction of green vehicles into the country. “We cannot ban petrol and diesel vehicles in Nigeria. We need to look at the technology and infrastructure necessary for them. We need to put our national circumstance into consideration,” he said.

India’s Power Minister, Piyush Goyal, and UK’s Environment Secretary, Michael Gove had recently made statements that their countries would halt the sale of diesel and petrol cars and vans by 2030 and 2040 respectively, raising fears that Nigeria could become a dump site for phased-out petrol and diesel automobile products.