Gov. Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos State on Friday unveiled Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car, aimed at reducing pressure on use of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS), also known as petrol, in the country.
The Hyundai Kona car, manufactured by Stallion Group, is 100 per cent electric and comes with zero emission, a 482-km driving range and it can be charged, both at home and workplace.
Sanwo-Olu said at the unveiling in Lagos that the electric car was technology on display.
“The future that we see is the future of technology and this is the technology that we are talking about.
“This is 21st Century technology that has been brought into our country.
“With an innovation of Hyundai Kona, we do not need to worry about the pump price of petrol again.
“All the issues and fights that we are having about prices of petroleum going up and the rest of it will be a thing of the past.
“This is a way to go, and it is the future that we are seeing now.
“This is the first electric car that we are seeing and we, as the government, need to partner with them,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said there was the need to create an enabling environment for the company to do well, so that it could employ more youths.
The governor said that with the unveiling of the Hyundai Kona electric car, youths would be employed and empowered for greater opportunities.
According to him, the state government will partner with Ibile Oil and Gas and other private organisations to create different charging points across Lagos State, so as to facilitate the efforts of the people to charge their electric cars.
“For us, we see a renewed hope, for us we see a tomorrow coming today; for us we see and believe in the Stallion dream,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu commended Stallion Group for believing in the Lagos and Nigeria dream, and for revamping the moribund asset located along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
In his address, the Managing Director the Stallion Group, Rohtagi Manish, said that the innovation was a step towards achieving an eco-friendly green Lagos.
Manish said that the materials used to assemble Nigeria’s first 100-per-cent electric zero emission car was mostly sourced from local resources.
The vehicle, when fully charged for 9hrs 35mins, can travel a distance of 482km (equivalent of a journey from Lagos to Warri), before it requires a re-charge.