The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has purchased locally-made electric cars from Nigerian technology firm Jet Motors, along with charging infrastructure. The move was part of a goal to minimize carbon emissions and build fuel-efficient vehicles after the fuel-subsidy regime ended.
Jet Motors stated in a statement to commemorate the delivery of the electric vehicles to NADDC that it felt tremendous satisfaction that the government was looking its way as it seeks alternative possibilities in light of new realities.
According to the company: “It is gratifying for us that, as a local electric vehicle manufacturer, the government, through the NADDC, is beginning to fully appreciate the place of alternatives to gasoline-powered vehicles, especially in light of the current economic climate.”
“However, beyond current realities, electric vehicles hold the key to the future of mobility in Nigeria, Africa, and the rest of the world.” We are thrilled to be at the forefront of the innovation disrupting mobility in Africa.”
The NADDC has advocated for local content, ensuring that local automakers have the appropriate environment to develop mobility solutions for the Nigerian market and beyond. NADDC commended Jet Motors for its innovation in developing a sustainable pipeline of clean mobility for the Nigerian market and beyond.
The NADDC’s Director-General, Jelani Aliyu, declared that the Council is committed to sustainable transportation in Nigeria, citing the Paris Agreement as a road map. According to the NADDC’s DG, the Council is ready to support local content in its efforts to transform mobility in Nigeria and guarantee that the local car sector evolves into a viable ecosystem through policy and action.
The news comes as the Nigerian government announced ambitions to begin developing electric vehicles under the Automotive Policy. Evelyn Ngige, Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Industry, Trade, and Investment, stated this in Abuja while certifying the Draft National Action Plan for the Development of Electric Vehicles in Nigeria.