Malik Ado-Ibrahim, who was the first African to lead the Formula 1 Team global race car competition in 1999, has come out to revealed plans for his automobile company to introduce electric cars into Nigerian market as early as in 2018.
The name of his company, Nigus Enfinity, which is an indigenous firm, says it will introduce electric vehicles into the Nigerian automobile market in 2018 and that its local assembly plant for electric vehicles will be ready as early as 2020. Malik Ado-Ibrahim, who is the current chairman of the company, made this statement to journalists in an interactive session which held in Abuja
Ado-Ibrahim said several countries across the world have set targets for the ban of petrol-fuelled vehicles within the next few years, as India is targeting 2030, while United Kingdom targets 2040 to ban all petrol fuelled vehicles.
Mr Ado Ibrahim disclosed that Nigeria and Africa are still behind and need to look inward to be at the forefront of the automotive revolution or risk becoming waste bin for banned vehicles from other countries, which may not be too surprising.
Ado-Ibrahim said his firm is already building a 100 megawatts (mw) solar power plant in Katsina state, Nigeria and another in Adamawa state. According to him, the company has also partnered with Build Your Dreams, a Chinese firm, to import electric vehicles at affordable costs starting from 2018.
Elon Musk, current CEO and co-founder of Tesla, did make history when he unveiled the world’s cheapest fully electric car, Tesla Model 3 which cost about $35,000 (N11,033,750 at official rate) for the standard version, while the long range version goes for $44,000.
We hope Ado Ibrahim company brings to reality, the Nigeria Electric Vehicles dream.