Electric Vehicles (EV) are no longer futuristic like they were some years ago. Innovations in the automotive industry have made them a reality – giving people the opportunity to drive vehicles without solely depending on fuel. Nigeria is not totally left behind on the EV trend as a company specializing in the marketing of automotive brands in the country, Just Commercial Vehicles Limited, has introduced what can be described as the first commercial EV to be sold in Nigeria.
The commercial electric vehicle is the first to be launched into the Nigerian market
According to Gerald Oyakhire – National Sales Manager of the company, the vehicle was launched on the premise of the success achieved by the organization in the past year. Motivated by the favorable reception from Nigerians, they were spurred to offer motorists an alternative to the standard combustion car engine in the country.
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Oyakhire disclosed that concerns about climate change were part of the reasons why the commercial EV was brought into the country. As more Nigerians turn to electric vehicles, there will be a reduction in environmental pollution caused by combustion engines. Speaking further, he said that the EV has a carrying capacity of 860kg – lower than that of its petrol counterpart, and it has the capacity to go up to 140 kilometers when fully charged. More interestingly, the tailpipe does not produce any emission. In just 2 hours, the vehicle can be fully charged if you use a good charger.
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Electric vehicles are still largely unpopular among Nigerians. As of now, the country lacks an enabling environment for such vehicles to thrive. However, developments like this are laudable as they set the pace for more to come.
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