Lagos State Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu on Friday unveiled Nigeria’s first locally assembled fully electric car, aimed at reducing pressure on oil use.
The Hyundai Kona car, manufactured by the Stallion Group, is 100% electric and has a driving range of 482 km and zero emissions, and can be charged both at home and at the workplace.
Sanwo-Olu said at the presentation in Lagos that the electric car was technology on display.
“The future we see is the future of technology and this is the technology we are talking about.
“This is the 21st century technology that has been introduced in our country.
“With a Hyundai Kona innovation, we don’t need to press again what is the oil pump price, what is the oil pump price again.
“All the problems and fights that we are having over the rise in oil prices and the rest will be a thing of the past.
“This is a way forward, and it is the future that we are seeing now.
“This is the first electric car we are seeing and we as a government must partner with them,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said it was necessary to create an enabling environment for the company to do well, so that it could employ many more young people.
The governor said that with the introduction of the Hyundai Kona electric car, young people would be employed and empowered for greater opportunities.
According to him, the state government will partner with Ibile Oil and Gas and other private organizations to create different charging points in the city, so that people have where to load cars.
“For us, we see a recognized hope, for us we see a tomorrow that comes today, for us we see and believe in the dream of the Stallion,” said the governor.
Sanwo-Olu praised Stallion Group for believing in the Lagos and Nigeria dream and for renovating the dying asset located along the Lagos-Badagry highway.
In his speech, Stallion Group Managing Director Rohtagi Manish said the innovation was a step towards a green green Lakes.
Manish said the material used to assemble Nigeria’s first 100% zero-emission electric car was sourced primarily from local resources.
The vehicle, when fully charged for 9 hours and 35 minutes, can travel a distance of 482 km (Lagos to Warri equivalent), before it needs to be charged again.