An indigenous company, Sun Energy Community Development Initiative (SECODI), says it is set to begin the assembly of solar-powered cars in Nigeria by 2020.
Chief Executive Officer of the company, Moses Onaja, revealed this on Tuesday during an exhibition of solar products in Ibadan, the Oyo State capital.
“We want to promote the use of renewable energy products in Nigeria to promote a clean and healthy environment,” he said.
“What we want to do now is to start assembling solar cars in Nigeria. Let it not just be in China.
“By the special grace of God, we want to see how we can work with the government to ensure that; we are hoping that in 2020 we should have the assembly point here.”
Onaja said that the company discovered that some people died from diseases caused by fossil fuel, adding that it would want to bring solutions toward minimising deaths from air pollution in Nigeria.
He described the manufacture of a solar car as a breakthrough, adding that it had no accident-prone part.
Onaja said that SECODI worked in partnership with some foreign companies to bring the car into reality, saying that the vehicle was built in collaboration with various technicians.
He gave the assurance that the price of the car would go down on commencement of assembling in the country.
“Even now, it is very affordable compared to what you expect of a car that doesn’t run on fuel. It is actually very affordable,” he said.
The event also featured an exhibition of SECODI solar television sets and tricycles, among other products using solar energy.