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Wednesday, July 10, 2019

UNN UNVEILS FIRST FIVE-SEATER ELECTRIC CAR



The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) was on July 8 2019 unveiled its first five-seater electric car. Christened Lion Ozumba 551, the car, made with 80 per cent locally-sourced materials, which could undertake a 30-kilometer distance when fully charged from the institution’s Engineering Faculty.


Vice Chancellor of the University, Professor Charles Igwe, was so excited and said the car was part of the drive to accord innovation and technology the highest attention to reposition the institution for greater heights. He commended the immediate past Vice Chancellor, Professor Benjamin Ozumba, who  laid the foundation for innovation and technology upon which the car dream was realised.


“I feel happy that I inherited a strong institution from Ozumba and I promise to consolidate on his achievements,” he said. 

Director-general, National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Mr. Jelani Aliyu, also commended the university for the stride, urging other institutions in the country to give priority to technology and innovation.

He disclosed that the council had on February 6, 2019 invited UNN, University of Lagos (UNILAG), Usman Danfolio University, Sokoto (UDUSOK) and the Metrological Institute to make proposals on how to produce electric cars in the country, adding that he was elated that it had become reality.

“When I came on board, I said we need innovation and technology to be at par with China, United States, Sweden and other developed countries of the world.

“That was why I provided the resources and encouragement for innovation and technology, because I believe that is one of the ways we can improve our country’s economy. “It was part of my desire to improve UNN’s and Nigeria’s economy and boost the country’s foreign exchange earnings,” he said.

Improving on the automobile industry in the country would help to create more employment and reduce huge amount of money used in importing cars into the country.

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