Initiatives of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) toward achieving a comprehensive and sustainable adoption of the electric vehicle technology in Nigeria, have earned the support of the United Nations Development Programme, (UNDP).
A delegation from the UNDP during a visit to NADDC headquarters in Abuja on Wednesday praised the efforts of the council in this regard and pledged that the United Nations agency would lend its support to establish electric vehicle (EV) charging stations across the country.
Sally Musa who led the UNDP team also assured that more UN agencies and other related international organisations would be willing to key into the many projects the Council has initiated to deepen electric vehicle growth and development.
NADDC management told the UNDP that its EV charging pools built at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) will soon be commissioned after the rest two at the University of Lagos and Uthman Dan Fodiyo University, Sokoto had been in on.
Musa lauded the achievements recorded by the NADDC through its many projects and programmes, assuring that the UN would partner with the council in the area of training programmes to further empower Nigerian youths.
The delegation was at the Automotive Council for discussions on areas of collaboration between the two agencies aimed at giving a fillip to EV-related projects designed to enhance sustainable economic growth and human development in Nigeria.
The UNDP, headquartered in New York, is the United Nations’ largest development aid agency, with offices in 170 countries.
Welcoming the guests, Jelani Aliyu had emphasised the importance the Council attaches to the gradual shift from fossil-fuel vehicles to EVs, stressing that the NADDC is very rapidly focusing attention on the trend, “and we are working towards achieving its comprehensive and sustainable adoption in Nigeria.”
According to the DG, NADDC is also working assiduously towards developing a unique, yet highly applicable electric vehicle that would be in tune with the economic realities in the country.
A world-class car designer himself, Aliyu showcased the sketches of the vehicle to the UNDP team, which earned the council some thumbs-up.
Aliyu also highlighted the council’s establishment of 100 per cent solar-powered EV charging stations in three of the country’s prominent tertiary institutions, namely Usmanu Danfodio University, Sokoto; University of Lagos, and University of Nigeria, Nsukka.
The NADDC DG had also highlighted other major achievements, programmes and projects of NADDC, which included establishment of three laboratory test centres at Kaduna, Lagos and Enugu, to ensure global standards of made-in-Nigeria vehicles work on three automotive industrial parks at Nnewi, Oshogbo and Kaduna; construction of 18 automotive training centres across the nation; establishment of three pilot automotive service hubs; and construction of automotive design studio and R&D facility in Zaria.
Also on the list of achievements is the development of NADDC Auto Finance Scheme, which auto producers/assemblers can tap into for the expansion of their facilities while the public can access credit for patronage, thereby stimulating demand apart from encouraging more local production.
The intending partners were excited to see an installed EV Fast Charger which provides quick charging services for the Jet Mover Electric Van on display at the NADDC headquarters. The van is a 100 percent electric vehicle assembled by an indigenous automotive company, Jet Systems Motors.
Sally, who later drove the Hyundai Kona EV, the first electric vehicle to be produced in Nigeria by Stallion Motors, was with the design, performance and features of the sedan.