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Nigeria’s electric vehicle manufacturer partners petrol stations to address charging concerns

SAGLEV Inc, the electronic vehicle manufacturing company in Nigeria, said it has entered into a partnership with Ardove Plc, which owns the franchise for AP ad Enyo petrol stations to also offer charging services for electric vehicles.

Chairman/Chief Executive Officer of SAGLEV, Dr Sam Faleye, who disclosed this during a media launch of the EVs in Lagos, said this would address the concerns of many Nigerians about charging.

According to him, some of the major misconceptions about EVs have to do with their affordability and the need for frequent charging are unfounded while disclosing that in comparison to Internal Combustion Engines (ICE) EVs are quite affordable, and need less maintenance.

On the issue of charging which has been identified as another major source of worry for EV users, Faleye disclosed that an EV does not need frequent charging.

He added that a fully charged car can travel for as long as 300 kilometers on a full charge, which is equal to driving from Oshodi to Ajah 10 times.

With the Ardova partnership, Faleye said plan are underway to roll out charging stations at every AP and Enyo Petrol Station across the country where EVs can be charged. Speaking on the partnership, the Head of Commercial Development at Ardova Plc, Chimaobi Onuigbo, said:

Meanwhile, the SAGLEV CEO, Faleye said that despite the misconceptions about EVs, they have come to stay.

He urged Nigerians to hop on the moving train or be left behind, adding that with the rising costs of Premium Motor Spirit (PMS) popularly known as petrol, it has become cheaper and more cost-effective to embrace electric vehicles.