The short: Is Nigeria ready for EVs?
Nigerian artist, Lojay released a music video
for his new song called LEADER! with the white Tesla Model X presented in glorious cinematic lighting in the video. I got curious about what it could mean to own an EV in Nigeria.
Price tag: Most car owners in Nigeria buy pre-owned economy cars, aka Tokunbo – so the $120,000 price tag for a Model X would be way over budget.
Upside: Goodbye to gas money and queues. All you need to do is charge up the car, and you’re on the road.
In his interview with Nairametrics, Jelani Aliyu, the DG of the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) – who drives a Hyundai Kona Electric in Abuja, said
When I drive my electric vehicle, I don’t have to make stops to fill up my tank. I only need to charge it when I get home. The car requires less maintenance than petrol-powered cars.
Downside: Compared to African countries like South Africa, Kenya, Uganda, and Morocco, which are increasing the number of EV charging stations, Nigeria is far behind.
You can set up a home charging system, and the power demand of an EV is similar to what you use at home to power an air conditioner or large refrigerator. But with no assurance of constant power supply for the 4 to 6 hours the Model X battery requires for a full charge, it’s not a solid plan.
Final thoughts: Nigeria’s not quite ready yet. But I’m certain it will soon catch the eye of one of the 300 EV charging companies in the world. That coupled with the news about the start of production of EVs in the country. But, for now, we can only dream, Lojay.
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