The days of fossil fuel powered cars may soon be over as Nigeria is set to commence assembling solar cars by 2020. This was disclosed by an indigenous company as Nigeria marks its 59th Independence Anniversary celebration.
Moses Onaja, Chief Executive Officer, Sun Energy Community Development Initiative (SECODI), made the disclosure on Tuesday. He stated this during an exhibition of the company’s solar products in Ibadan.
The exhibition was aimed at inspiring Nigerians to have access to renewable and clean energy which is environmental friendly.
“We want to promote the use of renewable energy products in Nigeria to promote a clean and healthy environment. What we want to do now is to start assembling solar cars in Nigeria. Let it not just be in China.
“By the special grace of God, we want to see how we can work with the government to ensure that. We are hoping that in 2020 we should have the assembly point here,” he said.
Onaja stated that the company discovered that some people died from diseases caused by fossil fuel. Further, he revealed the intention of the company to bring solutions toward minimising deaths from air pollution in Nigeria.
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“For over six years, we have been into solar research, and today, we have our solar car. It is a product of an imagination that has been translated into reality.
“This car can run purely on solar battery, and you don’t have the issue of monthly maintenance or any kind of repair that you have to be doing regularly because it has little movable parts inside,” he said.
He described the manufacture of a solar car as a breakthrough, adding that it had no accident-prone part.
Onaja said that SECODI worked in partnership with some foreign companies to bring the car into reality. Additionally, he noted that the vehicle was built in collaboration with various technicians.
He gave the assurance that the price of the car would go down on commencement of assembling in the country.
“Even now, it is very affordable compared to what you expect of a car that doesn’t run on fuel. It is actually very affordable,” he said.