Innovations

Nigeria’s first electric car debuts at Sokoto trade fair

The first electric car to be assembled in Nigeria, the Hyundai Kona by Stallion has made a debut at an exhibition at the ongoing National Trade Fair for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states. The event is holding in Sokoto. It was previously presented to the Sokoto State governor, Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal at the State House Friday, March 26, 2021.

The car was presented to the governor by Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), an erstwhile America’s General Motors designer of 2004 Pontiac G6 and 2010 Chevrolet Volt.

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Receiving the car, Tambuwal said, “As global scientific achievements push towards zero use of fossil oil, the country is going to have many similar technological breakthroughs as the electric car that would revolutionise the way roads are built and managed alongside the evolution of many other material culture, thus generally affecting the people’s lives.”

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He also appealed to the federal government to take appropriate measures towards exploiting the potentials of Sokoto State in order to support the diversification of the state and federal government economy especially as much of the world is moving away from dependence on hydrocarbons for their economic sustenance and the drive to meet the economic needs of respective countries.

The governor noted that this was his first time of driving an electric car. He commended the initiative of the NADDCC and thanks the Director General for the Council’s participation in the ongoing fair, noting that it’s presence will attract investments to the state. He also noted that the electric car is environment friendly and cheaper to maintain. He commended Jelani for being a good ambassador of Sokoto State and Nigeria and commended the Federal Government for supporting the initiative.

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