Experts Advocate Information Campaign on Electric Vehicle Benefits in Nigeria

Amidst the growing call for the commercialization of electric cars, experts in Nigeria are urging widespread information dissemination about the advantages of adopting electric mobility in the country.

At the recent 88th Power Dialogue themed “The Future of E-Mobility in Nigeria,” experts in electromobility (e-mobility) convened to discuss the viability of electric mobility in Nigeria, considering factors such as accessibility, affordability, and market interest. The event, hosted by The Electricity Hub (TEH), a subsidiary of the Nextier Group in Abuja, featured panelists including Michael Olugbemi, Program Manager and Chief Executive of the Presidential CNG Initiative (PCNGi); Adepegba Oduntan, Chief Operations Officer for Possible EVs; Ms. Uchenna Idoko, Executive Director of the Center for Gender Economics; and Eckhard Heine, the Head of Sustainable Energy Access at Nigerian Energy Transition Plan (NESP).

The experts highlighted that Nigeria’s 2060 Net-Zero goal has spurred numerous ideas and initiatives aligned with the Nigerian Energy Transition Plan (NESP). They emphasized that achieving a green Nigeria involves not only electrifying the country with renewable and sustainable energy but also ensuring that all activities, including transportation, are environmentally sustainable.

Oduntan underscored the need for the development of e-mobility in response to Nigeria’s petroleum and gas crises, emphasizing the potential for both urgent energy transition and addressing the country’s energy challenges. He stressed the importance of public-private partnerships to create an enabling environment for the growth of e-mobility in Nigeria.

Additionally, Oduntan emphasized the necessity of information dissemination, citing the misconception about the affordability of electric vehicles in the long run. He highlighted the importance of skills development to create a suitable market in Nigeria, and called for international collaboration and funding through direct foreign investments and government support.

Olugbemi highlighted the feasibility of e-mobility in Nigeria, noting the government’s initiative to introduce 10,000 three-wheelers and 100 buses as electric vehicles for mass transportation. He emphasized the potential impact on the agricultural sector and the reduction of dependence on fossil fuels.

All panelists acknowledged common challenges to electric vehicle adoption, including funding, capacity development, and infrastructural development. They emphasized the need for funding infrastructure and human capital development to fully realize the potential of e-mobility in Nigeria.

Ms. Idoko stressed the importance of policy development to support rural communities, particularly women and children, through sensitization and knowledge-sharing initiatives. She highlighted the potential for women to contribute to e-mobility development, reducing gender inequality and increasing employment opportunities. Additionally, Idoko emphasized the need for data development to assess policy effectiveness and collaboration with international companies to support e-mobility in Nigeria.

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