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Nigeria to commence production of electric vehicles



Nigeria electric car
Nigeria's first electric car

The Nigerian government has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Israeli and Japanese companies to commence assembling and manufacturing of electric vehicles in Nigeria by 2023.

The National Agency for Science and Engineering Infrastructure (NASENI) partnered the Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies on Thursday in Abuja.

The alliance of Israeli, Japanese, and Nigerian technologies, according to Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria Michael Freeman, will aid in addressing Nigeria’s transportation and environmental issues.

“It is a project that is a partnership with Israeli, Japanese and Nigerian companies taking place in Nigeria. What is special about this project is that it is a timely project that combines Israeli technologies, Japanese technologies, Nigerian entrepreneurship and innovation together to create a project that is going to work fabulously,” Mr Freeman explained.


He added, “We are talking about bringing electronic Motorcycles into Nigeria, which will be a programme that is green, environmentally friendly. It offers people a cheap way and safe way of transport and even has the technology to ensure that the motorcycles are only used for legal and appropriate purposes.”

The executive vice-chairman of NASENI, Mohammed Haruna, praised the collaboration that it had come to stay and will become domesticated in Nigeria.

With the project, Mr. Haruna continued, the nation would see the production of electric automobiles built in Nigeria.

Contrary to popular belief, Ayal Raz of the Israeli business Peramare Enterprise claimed that Nigeria was a secure place to invest.

According to Mr. Raz, “With this creative idea, we think it would change so many things in the face of Nigeria.”


Beyond production, said Sasi Shilo, CEO of SIXAI and partner with Japan, “we are keen to support Nigeria in building a sustainable nation with clean and safe technologies.”



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