University of Nigeria Nsukka unveils first made in Nigeria electric car ( OZUMBA 551)
“University of Nigeria Nsukka has distinguished itself by being the first to produce electric car in the country” said by Mr Jelani Aliyu, the Director – General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDCD) during the unveiling of the remarkable machine.
The University have stood up to the challenge of innovation by putting up a masterpiece.
President Buhari had accused Nigerian universities of being slow in research and discoveries
But the institution made a landmark achievement on Monday, July 8, when it unveiled Nigeria’s first 5-seater electric car. The 5- seater Electric Car named’ Lion Ozumba 551″ produced by the Faculty of Engineering of the university.
Mr Jelani Aliyu urged other universities in the country to emulate UNN desire in given serious attention to issues concerning innovations and technology in order to move the country to greater height.
“NADDC on February 6, 2019 invited UNN, University of Lagos, Usuman Danfodo University and Meteorological Institute and urged them to prepare a paper design on how to produce electric car in the country . “The council is happy that UNN is the first to prepare a paper design and produced electric car that has been unveiled and tests run in the university.
“We urge other universities and higher institutions in the country to emulate innovation and technology spirit of UNN,” he said.
The DG who was represented by Mr David Oyetunji who is Director Finance and Account in NDDC said, improving on automobile industry in the country would help create more employments as well as reduced huge amount of money used in importing cars into the country. “Improvement in automobile industry will create more employments as well as reduce huge amount of money used in importing cars into the country.
NDDC commended UNN who recently produced the first gasification plant that used organic waste to generate electricity and today the same university is unveiling first electric built car in the country”, he said.
Mr Ozoemena Ani who was the coordinator of UNN Metetronic group led the team that produced the Lion Electric Car said the car was produced with 80 per cent local content materials.
Ani said the car could be charged in any electric socket and when fully charged would go distance of 30 kilometres . “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.