Professionals in the field of industry advise against rushing into the widespread use of electric vehicles in Nigeria. Insufficient power supply, a scarcity of certified technicians for electric vehicles, restricted charging infrastructure, and the requirement for specialized training to cater to different EV models were cited as the hindrances, as per their statement. According to Tope Ojo, the CEO of Autogig International Resources Limited, numerous discussions continue to persist regarding this matter. Certain prominent car manufacturers are actively engaged in the production of electric vehicles, while others have chosen not to partake in this venture, as mentioned in a report.
He recently engaged in a conversation with a high-ranking American executive and inquired about Toyota’s primary investment focus. Specifically, he inquired whether their efforts were directed towards electric vehicles (EVs), traditional internal combustion engines, or the innovative field of hydro powered vehicles. Amidst uncertainty about what lies ahead, he simply chuckled and remarked that the future remains uncertain. However, he emphasized that the development is spreading rapidly across all fronts, as capacity is being expanded in every segment.
Embracing electric vehicles is not a viable option yet.
In order to accommodate electric vehicles and cater to the needs of its customers, Nigeria must confront pressing obstacles and establish a comprehensive charging infrastructure across all states. In regards to the production of batteries for electric vehicles, he mentioned that the extraction of lithium, an essential component, poses certain difficulties due to its mining process. However, when it comes to Nigeria’s automobile market, embracing electric vehicles is not a viable option yet. Instead, the country’s attention should be directed towards highlighting its distinctive strengths and refusing to take a subordinate role. Several factors deserve careful consideration in this matter.
Nigeria’s determination to embrace electric vehicles is palpable. The government has unequivocally demonstrated its dedication by putting forth a range of policies and initiatives aimed at promoting and facilitating the adoption and manufacturing of EVs. In the previous year, Nigerian Jet Motors supplied the National Automotive Design and Development Council with electric vehicles that were assembled within the country, along with the necessary charging infrastructure. Nigeria’s aspiration to become a pioneering nation in the field of electric vehicles is on the verge of reaching the final stage of approval and execution through the Electric Vehicle Development Plan.
There is the need for enhancing the Nigerian economy.
Hence, this crucial step brings Nigeria one step closer to solidifying its position at the forefront of the EV revolution. Ojo pondered, What is the nationwide count of certified electric vehicle technicians? In order to service BMW vehicles, for instance, one must possess BMW EV certification. Similarly, Ford certification is mandatory for working on Ford automobiles. Drawing attention to the lack of progress in this particular field of the industry, he underscored the need to tap into the vast reserves of valuable resources like tin and lithium. Emphasizing the significance of directing attention towards and achieving proficiency in Nigeria’s areas of advantage, he highlighted the necessity for enhancing the economy. A multitude of enterprises in Nigeria are currently engrossed in the development of electric vehicles.
Countless innovative businesses and startups are making significant strides in this field within the country, exemplified by prominent names like TOUR Drive NG, Volta EV, Hellobike, Quadricycle Automobile, Trekk Scooters, and Possible Electric Vehicle Solution, among others. Ojo observed, It’s quite interesting how those claiming to be interested in the advancement of electric vehicles will likely find buyers from foreign markets. However, Nigeria has its eccentricities when it comes to business. Ojo has witnessed a few Tesla vehicles in this country. There’s no doubt that numerous companies are currently engaged in extensive marketing and development efforts. Stallion Motors recently disclosed that the quantity of electric vehicles currently present in Nigeria is not easily determined. However, since its introduction in 2020, the company has managed to sell a mere total of 120 units of Kona, which happens to be Nigeria’s inaugural electric vehicle.
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Henry Eniediabasi, an expert in post-purchase services at Rapida Mobility Solutions, expressed that Nigerians are open to embracing electric vehicles as long as they offer the advantage of lowered expenses on both maintenance and fuel. Despite these obstacles, Eniediabasi stated that electric vehicles were not yet feasible. This was attributed to the presence of several challenges, such as power supply problems and the absence of adequate charging infrastructure. At present, he holds the opinion that the region is not suitable for the market of this product due to inadequate infrastructure, particularly the absence of charging stations, coupled with the unavailability of replacement components. Eniediabasi confidently expressed that if individuals decide to embark on this journey, they can rely on the product owner to ensure their continuous progress on the road, especially considering the imminent possibility of a monopoly.