Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu has launched Hyundai Kona, Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car.
Manufactured by Stallion Group, the Hyundai Kona car, is 100 percent electric and comes with zero-emission, 482km driving range, and can be charged both at home and workplace.
Speaking at the launch held at the VON Automobiles Nigeria in Ojo, where the car was manufactured the Governor said that the electric car was technology on display.
“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 the innovation of Hyundai Kona, we do not need to put pressure on what is the pump price of oil again, what is the pump price of petroleum again.
“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.
“This is the first electric car that we are seeing and we as the government need to partner with them,” he said.
Sanwo-Olu said there was the need to create an enabling environment for the company to do well, so that it could employ a lot more youths.
In his address, the Managing Director of the Stallion Group, Rohtagi Manish, said that the innovation was a step towards eco-friendly green Lagos adding that the material used to assemble Nigeria’s First 100 per cent electric zero-emission car was mostly sourced from local resources.
The vehicle, when fully charged for 9hrs 35mins, can go a distance of 482km (equivalent of Lagos to Warri), before it requires charging again. According to reports, the Hyundai Kona will cost about N24 million.