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A 22-member project team has been set up by the Nigerian Institute of Transport Technology (NITT) to develop an electric vehicle.
Chairman of the NITT governing council, Olorogun-John Inojeharho, said this during the inauguration of the team in Zaria on Thursday.
In September 2019, the minister of transportation, Rotimi Amaechi, had said that the NIIT has all it takes to design made-in-Nigeria vehicles.
NIIT, in March 2021, said that it was set to inaugurate an electric tricycle developed by the institute adding that it was working towards developing alternative fuels (bio-fuel and hydrogen fuel) and electric vehicles.
Inojeharho said the project is aimed at reducing emissions and pollution.
“The setting up of this project team was in compliance with the directives of the Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi in 2019,” he said.
He called on the committee to work relentlessly towards achieving this feat to justify the confidence conferred in them and put NITT on the world map as an organisation which has converted fuel vehicle to electric vehicle.
According to Inojeharho, the team is expected to develop a blueprint that will guide the evolution of the NITT model of electric vehicle, evolve the technology/design framework of the NITT model of electric vehicle.
He said the team are to develop a prototype of the NITT electric vehicle and promote the NITT model of electric vehicle in the Nigerian automobile industry, determine the budgetary allocation to support the new project.
The team will also identify capacity development requirements for the sustenance of the new project and establish the necessity or technical support or partnership with other institutions or research bodies.
NIIT Director-General, Bayero Salih-Farah, acknowledged the task ahead, noting that it would require a lot of support from the institute governing council as well as the federal government in terms of resources and technical know-how.
In February 2021, the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), unveiled Nigeria’s first locally-assembled electric vehicle — Hyundai Kona.
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