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[Expert analysis corner] Why electric and hybrids cars are the future, even in Nigeria!

By Joshua-Philip Okeafor
Publish on June 25, 2019

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Different companies keep producing cars all over the world but it seems electric and hybrids cars are the future. Can it really be acceptable in Nigeria?

Electric & Hybrid cars - the prevailing trends in the world

The age of electric-powered automobiles has been approaching quietly and steadily gaining a following worldwide. Apart from Tesla many renowned automobile companies such as Toyota, Mercedes, BMW, Nissan, Kia and others, who were formerly gas or fuel engine giants, are now making electric and hybrid vehicles production a big part of their operations.

Electric and hybrids vehicles

Electric and hybrids vehicles are gaining a bigger market share

The good thing about this major production in hybrid and electric cars is that the finished products have been receiving quite a number of positive responses from many users all over the world, including Nigeria.

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How electric powered vehicles are accepted in Nigeria?

Although the phenomenon is not growing as fast in Nigeria as it is across the oceans, it is expected that better infrastructural facilities like electricity supply will significantly affect growth. For instance, one issue that seems near impossible to resolve in Nigeria is that of stable electricity supply. This has made it difficult for electric cars to gain much traction or have a more solid footing in the country. Recently, the issue as championed by Senator Ben Bruce caused quite a furor in the National Assembly. The proposed electric car bill has been rejected several times by the Nigerian Senate because Nigerians are yet to be provided with the minimum electricity requirement necessary to make it work (See details here: Nigerian Senate rejects Ben Bruce's electric car bill).

Currently, 180 million Nigerians have a scant 4,101 megawatts of electricity, thus making the use of EV cars that require charging stations a sceptical proposition. However, hybrid cars have been introduced into the country and are slowly becoming more of a thing.

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The Nigeria case aside, the use of EV cars and hybrids is taking over in many countries, leading to strong speculations that the near future will be dominated by hybrids and EV cars. As more and better technology and options become available, allowing EV cars to be cheaper, this dominance will only grow. Electric cars used to be the preserve of the rich, but hybrid tech has made it more affordable for a lot of low to mid-income groups. But will this trend continue enough to assure EV of a strong future presence? Here are the reasons there is a high chance electric and hybrid cars will be the autos of the future:

6 reasons why electric and hybrid cars will be the autos of the future

  1. Instant monitoring: Since most automobile users are concerned about the amount of power they are using, this is one of the reasons a hybrid or EV  s a strong choice. You can easily and instantly tell just how much power you have at any time in the car. Of course regular petrol and gas cars do provide an option for easy monitoring but they do not do so as efficiently as non fuel or gas vehicles.
  1. Less environmental pollution: In as much as we love our regular gas or fuel powered vehicles, we are not unmindful of how much burning carbon fuel releases harmful pollution that messes up the air we breathe. With the use of hybrids and EV cars, this issue can be kept at bay, leading to less negative effects on the environment over time. Also contributing to this is the less noise that an hybrid and EV cars have.

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  1. Improved and healthy living: Living healthy with less diseases is always the major goal of people world over. Due to decreased or zero carbon  fuel use, individuals can have better health and lifestyles since generally the environment will be healthier. If EV cars can help improve the longevity of humans on earth, then it is certain to be sustained over time.
  1. Renewable energy: Especially for the case of EVs, if you make use of renewable energy in charging your EV you could reduce your greenhouse emissions. You have the privilege of charging your EV  with the use of solar PV system when the sun is up during the day. Or you can charge your car through grid method by purchasing a GreenPower which can also help decrease emissions too.
  1. Less costly to maintain: EV cars make use of electric batteries and so have fewer moving parts. That makes them much less expensive to maintain than regular cars. Unlike the regular car battery, EV car battery needs less servicing and there is no fuel injection system, no exhaust systems, no radiators and a few other systems that are mostly required in a regular car for perfect functionality. Although, the battery does wear out over time like a regular vehicle and will need replacement, still in the long run, maintenance costs are less. For hybrid cars, you get to depend less on fuel consumption because it requires less fuel to run. Hybrid cars though might be entail higher maintenance costs due to their engineering. They can thus be more expensive to maintain than both the regular or EV cars.
  1. Higher resell value: Both the hybrid cars and EV cars tend to have a higher resell value than regular cars. Many car users agonize over how low a price an expensive regular car tends to fetch when sold as used. This isn't so for an EV or hybrid car.

The electric revolution is here and surely growing. Nigerians need to get in on these cars for the future.

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Joshua, or KK as friends call him, is a Filmmaker, Writer and Director. A Christian, Joshua is a product of Nigeria’s foremost film school, the National Film Institute, Jos, where he majored in Writing/Directing. Joshua began his writing career at age 18 when an older brother gave him a four page outline of a children novel. Joshua intends to keep writing and directing. His screen name is sometimes Joshua Kalu Ephraim (Writing), and sometimes Joshua KK (directing).