Sale Of Solar-Powered 'Keke' Begins
Just 2 days after the Nigerian government said it would float tricycles popularly called Keke that totally runs on solar energy, another company has started sale of solar-powered Keke.
Keke has gone green and this new generation of tricycles do not have to visit a filling station.
All they will do is just remain on the road all through the day while it stores energy for night hustle.
Oldang International Limited, a Nigerian company, launched the sale of solar-powered tricycles on Sunday.
The company says it will enhance public transportation in Nigeria.
Its Chief Executive, Mr Olubunmi Oluwadare, told a gathering at the launch of the Solar Keke in Lagos that the new generation of Keke would gradually phase out petrol engine tricycles across Nigeria.
How Solar-Powered Keke Works
He explained how it works.
"Oldang Electric solar-powered vehicle is an automobile that is propelled by one or more electric motors using electrical energy storage device.
"This would create an easy transportation, system, affordable transport fare, job opportunities, human capital development and position Nigeria as a forward-thinking country and a commercial hub for other African countries," Oluwadare explained.
It is introduced to reduce emission which affects the solar system adversely and also endangers human's healthy life.
According to him, solar-powered tricycles are vehicles of the future as people become more aware of the negative impacts of fossil fuels on the environment, health and finances.
"The tricycle which uses sun and chargeable batteries, comes in an affordable price of less than 1 million Naira.
"It is clean and non-polluting with zero emissions," he said.
Speaking at the launch, the Osun State Chairman of Tricycle Owners Association of Nigeria (TOAN), Mr Adewale Folorunsho, applauded the company for the innovation.
"I really appreciate this innovation; with this solar tricycle coming to town, we will be using sun to make money now and not fuel again,” he said.
He appealed to banks and other stakeholders to invest in the public transportation business to enable operators buy and pay on instalment.
Fuel stations will have to face the reality that will come with this innovation. There will be a reduction in the amount of fuel sold per day.
In Lagos State for instance, Keke has largely replaced motorcycles that have been banned from major roads. The amount of fuel Keke users buy per day is enormous.
The current petrol-powered Keke is between 600,000 Naira to 700,000 Naira, making the solar-powered ones competitive enough.