Electric vehicle charging station to be powered by solar
Nigeria is set to join the rest of the world in embracing the recent innovation in energy mobility towards renewable and sustainable energy sources as it commissions its first solar-powered electric vehicle charging station.
The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) made the announcement via its Twitter page.
According to the tweet, the project was set up by NADDC in collaboration with Usman Dan Fodio University, Sokoto state, and will be commissioned today 8th April 2021.
This development is coming two months after the federal government unveiled Hyundai Kona, Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car, on the 5th February 2021.
Speaking at the commissioning, Director-General of NADDC, Mr Jelani Aliyu, said that the electric vehicle charging station project was part of the Federal Government’s commitment to the best Nigeria desired by all.
“This is the beginning of a new era for Nigeria as it marks the realisation of the government’s desire to build sustainable technology in the country.
“Moreover, our vision and mission at NADDC are not just to enable the production of vehicles in Nigeria but also to produce the best and most advanced technology vehicles in the country.
“Today, we have inaugurated the first 100 per cent solar energy powered charging station in Nigeria.
“The reason for choosing Sokoto for the pilot project is in consideration of the harsh weather.
“However, such weather has become a blessing for us as we can extract and power our homes, offices and even for industrial consumption,” he said.
Aliyu further said that the NADDC was partnering with three universities in the country that included UDUS, the University of Lagos (UNILAG), and the University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN), with the hope of advancing research in renewable energy.
“With the current development, Nigeria can power her economy exclusively with renewable energy and by the time that is achieved, the challenges of power will become history in the country,” he added.
The DG said that it was an opportunity for the institutions to utilise the very best in research to enable them to come up with more advanced technologies in the automotive industry.
Also speaking the Vice-Chancellor of UDUS, Prof. Lawal Bilbis, described the inauguration as a historic landmark for the institution, Sokoto state, and Nigeria.
Bilbis, represented by the Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Administration, Prof. Ibrahim Magawata, assured that the university would ensure more collaborative measures to enable NADDC to achieve the desired dreams.
“We are hoping that these collaborations will usher in favourable results to enable Nigerians, even in remote villages, to rely on the gift of nature for energy,” he said.