Nigeria-Assembled Electric Vehicles Debutes in 2023

*As FG Signs MOUs with Israeli, Japanese Firms City

August 26, 2022

Indications have emerged that Nigeria may commence the assembly of environmentally friendly, green, electric and smart automobiles by 2023.

The development follows the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding, MoU, between the federal government and two international firms, one from Israel, the other from Japan, in Abuja on Thursday.

Executive Vice Chairman, National Agency for Science And Engineering Infrastructure, NASENI, Prof. Mohammed Haruna, who signed on behalf of the country, pointed out that rather than encourage continuous importation, signing the MoU is a practical step towards domesticating specific technologies, including the production of electric vehicles, in the country.

Prof Haruna, who was full of plaudits for the collaboration, added that henceforth, Nigeria will no longer be a consuming nation because it is now set to take advantage of its abundant resources to domesticate and produce what it can.

“The first attempt to domesticate certain technologies in this country, especially in the automobile industry has not worked with continuous importation, noting that the country’s automobile industry will never remain the same again.

“NASENI has come into this now with the perfect partners, Japanese and Israeli companies their technologies are proven and known.

“But most importantly, Nigeria will not just be consuming this technology, we are here to make sure that we domesticate, produce and manufacture in Nigeria.

‘We are grateful and we are happy with this collaboration and we assure Nigerians that the automobile industry after this collaboration will not be the same again,” he said.

In his reaction, Israeli Ambassador to Nigeria, Michael Freeman, noted that the partnership, a combination of Nigerian entrepreneurial craftsmanship and Israeli/Japanese technologies, will go a long way in addressing the many challenges facing the transport and environmental sectors in Nigeria.

According to him, the project is a timely one that combines the Nigerian innovative one that is set set to work in a fabulous way.

“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,” Ambassador Freeman noted.

Representative of Peramare Enterprise, the Israeli firm involved in the project, Dr Ayal Raz, told newsmen that the signing of the MoU will not only rubbish the notion that Nigeria is not safe for investment, it will also help change so much in the country for the better.

“This innovative idea, we believe is going to change so many things in the face of Nigeria.

“It will bring green energy which means cheaper cost of transport and we all know what that means for our people.

“It will give work to the people because it is industry, we are going to put a factory here, we will start with assembling then building. It will give us less pollution and greener air.

“Nigeria is safe to do business and by the special grace of God it is going to come during the first quarter of 2023, “ Raz said.

Chief Executive Officer, CEO, of Japanese Partner, SIXAI, Mr Sasi Shilo, disclosed that beyond electric car production, his company is very interested in supporting African countries, Nigeria in particular, to build a sustainable nation with clean and safe technologies.

“It is very exciting moment. We have been working in the automobile industry for about half a decade, we have certified plants in fourteen different countries.

“We really want to contribute to African nation with our technology. What we want to bring is not only to produce but what we want to achieve is to support the African nation to be sustainable,” Sasi said.

On his part, Chairman, PAN Nigeria Limited, Wadada Aliyu, described the initiative as historic and a starting point for technological evolution in Nigeria.

“This is historic because Nigeria is conforming with the order of the day which is green environment and memorable because NASENI has set the ball rolling.

“This synergy between Israeli, Japan, NASENI and PAN as a facility where the assembling will be done, I think the sky will be a starting point of technological evolution in Nigeria,” Aliyu said

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