Electric vehicles are part of contemporary trends. But what does it mean to a nation like Nigeria where crude remains our primary source of revenue?

Although Nigeria isn’t entirely equipped for vehicle manufacturing, it is nonetheless positioning itself for the inevitable electric vehicle future.

It is now in talks with renowned automakers, including Volkswagen on its planned electric vehicle project.

With fossil fuel being phased out and mobility largely powered by electricity and batteries, the government says it will not augur well to stick with the old order while others are moving ahead. It is also holding talks with power station manufacturers.

It is not everyone that is excited about Nigeria’s plan for electric vehicles.

Some people are skeptical, expressing worry about the power problem and the seeming lack of direction for the nation’s automotive industry and high cost of fuel-powered automobiles, making it difficult for many to buy new vehicles.

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But the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, NADDC, Jelani Aliyu insists that electric vehicles are desirable in Nigeria.

He says the country cannot afford to be left behind.

The DG said at the Nigeria auto industry awards held in Lagos recently that it was in line with this commitment that the NADDC, in August this year, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Volkswagen to produce vehicles in Nigeria.

“We are particularly excited because VW is Europe’s largest auto manufacturer and it is very serious about electric vehicles and other new mobility solutions. The company is investing $84bn in electric cars and batteries,” he said.

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