Nigerians will begin to see electric vehicles as the most sustainable, cost-effective solution to their mobility problems on account of the current energy crisis and rising fuel price in the country,Mosope Olaosebikan, Chief Executive Officer of Possible EVS,has said
Possible EVS,an African automotive start up company.
Olaosebikan disclosed this in a statement to announce the planned unveiling of first Nigeria’s ultra-fast public electric vehicle charging station in Abuja.
According to him,the launch of the charging stations is an important milestone in the company’s effort to decarbonize the transportation sector and encourage the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in Nigeria.
The new electric vehicle charging station,would serve as a convenient, fast-charging point for electric buses, taxis, and private vehicles, helping to drive sustainable mobility and promote the widespread adoption of electric vehicles in the country,according to a statement from the firm.
According to the statement, “The opening of this facility means that, for the first time in Nigeria, electric car owners have a publicly available fast-charging station where they can just drive in, plug their vehicles, and have it fully charged in just 20 to 30 minutes.”
He said:”The global Electric Vehicle(EV) market has seen tremendous growth over the last decade, from 120,000 cars sold in 2012 to about 6.6 million in 2021.
“By making EV charging convenient and available for public use, Possible EVS is paving the way for the eventual proliferation of EVs while also setting itself as a leader in the burgeoning green transport industry in Africa.
“Nigeria has a population growth forecast of 2.5% every year, the fastest among the world’s ten largest countries, and a rich variety of renewable energy sources like solar and wind, making the country one of the biggest and most favorable EV markets in Africa.
“With a deadline of 2060 to replace all ICE vehicles with full and hybrid electric cars, the country faces a huge challenge to provide the infrastructure needed to aid this transition.”
The statement further disclosed that the Charging Hub, located at 7 Hombori Street, Adetokunbo Ademola Crescent, Abuja, is the first public charging station in Nigeria.
The firm also noted that the ultra-fast charging facility, which is heralded as a tipping point in the proliferation of EVs in Nigeria, would be completely free for the next six months, offering all EV owners a convenient, fast-charging solution for their vehicles.
According to the Chief Executive Officer of Possible EVS, “My team and I are very excited about this project. This is our first charging station, and we have decided to make it free for everyone for the next six months.
“There are many more to come. In fact, we plan to have 10,000 stations deployed in public places and highways across the country within the next five years, allowing EV owners to recharge their lithium-ion battery as they travel.
“The station has four superchargers, each able to deliver up to 350 kW of power, enough to replenish your car with about 100 miles (160 km) of range in under 30 minutes, depending on the specific range capability of your EV. In addition to that, it EV charging truck available on demand.
“The facility also houses the Discovery Museum (Nigeria’s first digital museum), four experiential dining, a VR gaming Centre, and an immersive escape room.
“EV drivers can lounge and keep busy in any of these spaces while their cars charge.This is a milestone in our journey to 100% renewable energy in the transport sector,” Mosope said.
“It will greatly boost the confidence of many Nigerians in owning an EV, knowing that they have a convenient, ultra-fast, publicly available charging station to support them and make their lives easier,” the CEO added.