The University of Nigeria, Nsukka, has produced the first made-in-Nigeria 5-seater electric car.
The production of the electric ‘Lion Ozumba 551’ under the institution’s Faculty of Engineering is an outcome of a meeting the UNN and some tertiary institutions had held with the National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) earlier this year.
Ozoemena Ani, who was the coordinator of UNN Metetronic and team leader that produced the car said the it was produced with 80 per cent local materials and could go a distance of 30 kilometres when fully charged in any electric socket.
“We used 80 per cent local material content in building this electric car. It cost us N800,000 to produce the car. When the car is full charged it will go up to 30 kilometers before it can be recharged, “he said.
According to Jelani Aliyu, the Director-General of the NADDC, who commended the University for the remarkable achievement, the “NADDC on February 6, 2019 invited UNN, University of Lagos, Usuman Danfodo University and Metrological Institute and urged them to prepare a paper design on how to produce electric car in the country.”
The DG who was represented by David Oyetunji, a Director of Finance and Account in NADDC, stated that the council is happy that UNN was the first to prepare a paper design and produced electric car which had been test run in the University.
Urging other universities and higher institutions in the country to emulate the innovation and technology spirit of UNN, he added that improvement in automobile industry will create more employments as well as reduce huge amount of money used in importing cars into the country.
Meanwhile, the Vice-Chancellor of UNN, Professor Charles Igwe, in his remark expressed excitement with the developed and pledged that his administration would continue to give innovation and technology the highest attention in order to move the university forward.
Noting that his immediate predecessor, Professor Benjamin Ozumba laid the foundation of innovation and technology, Igwe said that “I feel happy that I inherited strong institution from Ozumba and I promise to consolidate on his numerous achievements. I commend the engineering faculty for making the university proud as well as naming the car after Ozumba who ignited the fire of innovation and technology in the university.
“I also commend NDDC for its encouragement as well as giving UNN a chance to show its potential”, he added.
Ozumba who was overwhelmed with the development said, “When I came on board I said we need innovation and technology to be at par with China, US, Sweden and other developed countries of the world.
“That was why I provided the resources and encouragement for innovations and technology because I believe that is one of the ways we can improve our country’s economy.”