Nigeria’s auto regulatory agency embarks on electric vehicle project

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As many developed economies and leading vehicle manufacturers across the world make plans and set deadlines on the production of electric vehicles, Nigeria’s auto industry regulatory agency has given assurance that it is taking steps to ensure the country is not left behind by the “new energy vehicles,” The Sun reports.

The Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, disclosed recently that it has commenced talks with some auto makers with links to the Nigerian market towards the introduction of electric vehicles at the right time. Aliyu, who led a delegation to South Africa recently, said NADDC had very fruitful discussions with the automotive manufacturers in that country, some of which have either set up functioning assembly plants in Nigeria, or are producing vehicles that are exported to Nigeria.

During the visit, the Director-General and his delegation discussed with a coalition of original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), including BMW, Nissan, Ford, Volkswagen, Toyota and BAW South Africa. He pointed out that one of the challenges the project would face in Nigeria is that of “general power availability in the country,” stressing, however, that with government’s various power projects and the involvement of private investors, solutions were likely to be found.