Electric car debuts at Sokoto trade fair

The first electric car assembled in Nigeria by Sokoto-born Aliyu Jelani-led National Automotive Design and Development Council is the cynosure of all at the ongoing trade fair holding in Sokoto.

The car is part of items on exhibition at the National Trade Fair for Sokoto, Kebbi and Zamfara states.

Jelani, an erstwhile America’s General Motors designer of 2004 Pontiac G6 and 2010 Chevrolet Volt is currently the Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council.

Receiving the car at the government house in Sokoto, Governor Aminu Tambuwal, described the birth of the car as a cultural revolution that would generally affect the lifestyle and life chances of Nigerians.

Tambuwal said, “As global scientific achievements push towards zero use of fossil oil, the country is going to have many similar technological breakthroughs as the electric car that would revolutionise the way roads are built and managed alongside the evolution of many other material culture, thus generally affecting the people’s lives.”

Tambuwal, taking cue from Jelani’s brief on the new car, described it as environment-friendly, adding that it was also cheaper in terms of maintenance.


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