Nigeria commissions first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station

The federal government of Nigeria has commissioned the first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station. The charging station, which falls under the Elective Vehicle Pilot Project is an initiative of the National Automotive Design and Development Agency (NADDC).

The charging station is located at the University of Lagos.

The charging station commissioning took place at the university’s faculty of engineering, was attended by the Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; NADDC Board Chairman, Senator Osita Izunaso; and NADDC Director-General, Jelani Aliyi. Other dignitaries at the commissioning were the University of Lagos Vice-Chancellor, Prof Oluwatowin Ogundipe; Chief Executive Officer of the Stallion Group, Anant Badjatya and many other dignitaries.

Speaking while commissioning the project, the minister said the charging station is aimed at promoting applicable local solutions for vehicle electrification in the country. According to him, the project will offer students first-hand experience with the latest innovations in mobility and renewable power technology. “It is strategised to be an effective platform for focused research and development into even more applicable vehicle electrification solutions for Nigeria and Africa,” the minister added.

Adebayo described the programme as another initiative by the current administration designed to promote advanced technology transfer and the development of sophisticated human capital in the country.

He said: “For my ministry (the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment), programmes such as these are the lifeblood of everything we are trying to achieve.

“It is, after all, a proven fact among advanced nations, that the key to successful industrialisation is strategic human capital and capacity development in state-of-the-art technologies.”

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Source: EsiAfrica

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