An indigenous firm, Nigus Enfinity said it is set to introduce Electric Vehicles (EVs) into the Nigerian automobile market from 2018 just as it plans the first local assembly plant for EVs in 2020.
The Chairman, Prince Malik Ado-Ibrahim at an interactive session in Abuja yesterday told newsmen that many countries have set targets for phasing out petrol-fuelled vehicles with India targeting 2030, and the United Kingdom by 2040.
Prince Malik noted that Nigeria and Africa needed to look inward to be at the fore of the automotive revolution or they may become waste bin for the phased-out combustion-driven vehicles.
Malik, the first African to lead the Formula 1 Team global race car competition in 1999 said his firm which is building 100 megawatts (mw) solar power plant in Katsina and another in Adamawa state has also partnered with Chinese auto giant, BYD (Build Your Dreams) to bring EVs massively into Nigeria at affordable costs form 2018.
“We are also working with BYD to get a local brand and start an electric vehicle assembly plant for Nigeria from 2020. Gradually we will move to an EV with the African DNA starting in Nigeria,” he added.