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Lagos StateUnveils the First Made in Nigeria Electric Car – Hyundai Kona.
Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, has unveiled Nigeria’s first locally assembled electric car, noting that the state remains the hub for the nation’s economy and a pacesetter in industrialisation.
Sanwo-Olu, who unveiled Hyundai Kona car, which is being assembled by Stallion Group Automobile at Ojo in Lagos, said with this singular ceremony Nigerians could now drive electric cars.
Hyundai Kona car is 100 per cent electric and it comes with zero emission and could be charged both at home and workplace.
The vehicle, when fully charged for nine hours, 35 minutes could go a distance of 482km (a distance of Lagos to Warri), before it requires another charge.
“We are not just launching Hyundai Kona, Nigeria’s first electric car assembled in Lagos, we are indeed empowering and creating youth employment. We are also creating opportunity for teeming youths of this nation.
“The future that we see is the future of technology and this is the technology that we are talking about. This is 21st Century technology that has been brought into our country. With hardcore manufacturing companies like Stallion Group Automobile, we can begin to see the need to disemphasise mono product, which is oil.
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“With the innovation of Hyundai Kona, we do not need to put the pressure on what the pump price of oil is again, what the pump price of petroleum is. All the issues and fights that we are having about prices of petroleum going up and the rest of it will be a thing of the past. This is a way to go and it is the future that we are seeing now.”
Sanwo-Olu while noting his administration’s commitment to growth of businesses in the state, explained that Lagos State Government would partner with Stallion Group Automobile as well as private industries in the state to creating an enabling environment for them to do well, so that they could create job opportunities for the youths.
He also assured that Lagos State Government would be partnering through Ibile Oil and Gas and other private organisations to create different charging points in Lagos, so that people would have opportunity of where they could charge the electric cars.
He said: “This is the first electric car that we are seeing and we as the government need to partner with the manufacturers. We need to create an enabling environment for them to do well, so that they can employ a lot more youths and create more jobs and pay our youths a lot more money, knowing fully well that the future belongs to you and the future is here.
“And so the state government, working with Ibile Oil and Gas will be creating different charging points in the city, so that people will have an opportunity of where they need to charge the cars.
“For us we see a renewed hope, for us we see a tomorrow coming today, for us we see and believe in the Stallion dream.”
The governor also assured Lagosians that Lagos State Government would complete the ongoing construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
He said his administration was committed to the construction of Lagos-Badagry Expressway, saying the delay of work on the road was based on the government’s plan to build a first-class infrastructure that people would be proud of when completed.
He assured that Lagos-Badagry Expressway when completed would last for about 30 to 40 years.
Sanwo-Olu, who commended Stallion Group for believing in Lagos and Nigeria dream, also hailed the company for revamping the moribund VON asset located along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.
“This is one of the major industrial hubs of this nation. This is one of the major employers of labour in this country. I commend Stallion Group for revamping the asset that was going moribund.
“I want to assure you that the Lagos-Badagry Expressway would be completed. The road was just a two-lane way, but the government has turned it into 10 lanes, five on both sides.
“We are doing a complete rebuild of the road, with bridges and interchanges. We are building a road that will last for 30 to 40years for you. And because we know that this is an international gateway, it does not deserve anything less. We are building a first-class road infrastructure that all of you would be proud of,” Sanwo-Olu promised.
Also speaking at the event, the Managing Director of Stallion Group Automobile, Rohtagi Manish, said the innovation toward building Nigeria’s first electric car was a step towards an eco-friendly green Lagos.
Manish pointed out that the materials used to assemble Nigeria’s first 100 per cent electric zero emission car was mostly sourced from local resources.
Sanwo-Olu and others took time to tour the premises of Stallion Group Automobile to see the various innovative work and assembling of various brands of vehicles by the company.
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