Word is finally out: the Director-General of NADDC has recently revealed his view regarding the benefits of adopting electric vehicles in Nigeria as soon as possible. The NADDC boss, Mr Jelani Aliyu – talked a lot about the advantages of going electric in terms of road transportation in Nigeria despite the various known challenges.
DG of NADDC believes Nigeria can take a “leap of faith” to adopt electric cars as soon as possible
For quite some time now, there has been a big debate about how practical electric cars in Nigeria will be. The main issues raising concerns being the nation’s epileptic electricity supply and the high price tag on electric cars, considering Nigeria’s current foreign exchange rates. On the flip side, the DG of NADDC has just revealed that he believes Nigerians can “jump” all of those challenges and move on to adopting electric cars very soon.
Possible advantages of electric vehicles for Nigerians (if adopted)
Based on the views of Mr Jelani Aliyu, recent reports have dug out facts and possible benefits that Nigerians stand to gain from adopting vehicles. Below is a highlight of such advantages;
- Electric cars will help Nigeria to meet the world standard for greenhouse gas emissions and also provide clean environment/air for its people
- Nigerian motorists being well-known for ignoring regular maintenance of gasoline-powered vehicles will definitely love electric cars due to less required maintenance.
- Manufacturing electric vehicles require fewer components, thus, indigenous car manufacturers stand a chance of being able to produce more vehicles locally
- If electric vehicles become the new “trend,” then, there is a high probability that innovative minds will find a better solution to the nation's power supply as it will definitely become a basic need. Hence, it could lead to a complete transformation of Nigeria’s power sector.
- Nigeria currently has a “booming” ICT sector that is full of brilliant minds who can easily come up with “never-seen-before” embedded car techs which could also be another possible trend of more job opportunities.
New analysis reveals that Nigerians stands to gain more from adopting electric cars than some people think
Electric car vs fuel-powered car – a rough energy cost comparison
We noticed that a quick comparison of energy costs between running a gasoline-powered car versus an electric car would also help highlight the benefits that Nigerians could enjoy from adopting EVs. Below is a “rough” example of such a comparison:
For the sake of this post, we are choosing a comparison of the energy cost for running a petrol-powered car over a 482km distance versus the Hyundai Kona EV that has run approximately 482 km range on a full charge.
- At ₦125 per liter using a fuel efficiency of 8km per liter, the cost of petrol to run 482km will be around ₦7,531
- Similarly, if petrol is still sold at ₦145 per liter using a fuel efficiency of 8km per liter, the cost of petrol to run 482km will be around ₦8,736
Now, let’s do the same calculation for running an EV like the Hyundai Kona which consumes 143WH/km (i.e. that’s 68.926kwh for a 482km range);
- For commercial zones in Nigeria, using the electricity rate of ₦36 per kWh, it will cost approximately ₦2,700 (plus VAT) to cover 482km
- For residents of areas classified as R2 in Nigeria, using the electricity rate of ₦26 per kWh, it will cost approximately ₦2,000 (plus VAT) to cover 482km.
- And for residents of areas classified as R1 in Nigeria, using the electricity rate of just ₦23 per kWh, it will cost approximately ₦1,800 (plus VAT) to cover 482km.
So, it costs between (₦1,800 - ₦2,700) to run an EV over 482km and on the other hand, petrol-powered cars will zap between (₦7,531 - ₦8,736) as running costs to cover the same distance. Isn’t it obvious already that EVs have a lot of benefits to offer Nigerians?
Check out the video below to see the actual difference between the underlying structure of an electric car versus a petrol-powered car;
Electric cars vs Petrol cars