Yabatech students unveil Nigeria’s first solar powered car

03/26/2020

Posted by: Oluwaseun Solomon

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Students of Yaba college of technology in Lagos have built what they believe to be the first solar-powered car in Nigeria and Africa. See photos here!

Recently, the federal government ordered the lockdown of all schools and institutions across Nigeria and many students were reportedly stranded at motor parks due to inadequate buses to take them home. However, the reports from Yabatech has a different story as electrical electronics students of the college unveil a solar-powered car a few days ago.

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Yabatech students unveil the first-ever solar-powered car that is made locally in Nigeria

Despite the coronavirus outbreak being major bad news for students of higher institutions across Nigeria, this solar-powered car is a remarkable achievement for the Yabatech students and good news to the Nigerian auto industry.

>>> Have you read about this: Commercial electric vehicle launched in Nigeria

On interviewing the students who built this solar-powered car, they described the project as a very difficult one but worth the effort. The project was carried out by final year students of the Electrical & Electronics department of Yaba College of Technology in Lagos. The project was reportedly supervised by one Engineer Nosa Uwogbiren who worked alongside the students on the project and got it presented to Nigeria’s current Minister of Science & Technology.

It is common that when discussing the possibility of using electric cars in Nigeria, a lot of people usually ask if the country is even ready, and if these cars were practical at all. Surprisingly, the solar-powered electric car built by these Yabatech students was used to carry Dr. Christopher Ogbonnaya (Minister) all around the popular Eagles Square in Abuja. After the ride experience, Dr. Ogbonnaya promised his full support for Yabatech and towards making this locally built solar-powered car more conducive and better.

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Yabatech students build a solar-powered electric car that won the support of the minister of science & technology

In this time when the impact of the Coronavirus epidemic is huge on Tokunbo cars importations from Europe, the possibilities of adopting electric cars in Nigeria might just be the next big deal for stakeholders in the country’s auto sector.

Meanwhile, below we have also featured a short video clip showcasing another purely electric car that was built by students of the University of Nigeria. Watch the video below:

  University of Nigeria Produces First Nigerian-Made Electric Car

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Oluwaseun Solomon is a prolific and diligent automobile writer at Naijauto.com. He's also an experienced digital marketer and a creative multimedia developer that specializes in video editing. He currently contributes informative and easy to read articles on topics covering transportation, traffic updates, auto industry updates, and different car reviews.
When Solomon is not writing, you will either find him composing music, editing videos or simply enjoying YouTube "TEDx Talk" videos with a chilled drink :)

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