Contrary to popular opinion that electric cars cannot thrive in Nigeria, certain Nigerians have proved this wrong by owning one or more electric cars. There are various justifiable reasons why many experts argue that Nigeria is not prepared for the future of automobiles, notwithstanding, there are few occasions where electric vehicles have been spotted in different places in Nigeria.
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It’s no news that electric cars are expensive; often more expensive than regular gasoline-powered vehicles. So the big question is, which Nigerian can afford to buy such an expensive brand of car? In this article on carmart.ng, we bring you a list of electric car owners in Nigeria.
Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is one of the proud owners of electric cars in Nigeria. Born 8 March 1957, Oluyemi Oluleke Osinbajo has been serving as the Vice President of Nigeria since May 2015. Prior to his inauguration as Vice President, c has served as Senior Advocate of Nigeria, SAN, Professor of Law and pastor-in-charge of Lagos Province 48, Olive Tree Provincial Headquarter Parish, Ikoyi. Yemi Osinbajo has a staggering net worth estimated at million.
Yemi Osinbajo is the first Nigerian to ride the made-in-Nigeria electric car- the Hyundai-Kona made by Stallion Motors. The exterior design of the Hyundai Kona is nothing shy of the exquisite design of other Electric car models like Tesla, BMWi3 etc. A look at the thin headlights makes you assume that the car is squinting its eyes, but it all makes the Hyundai Kona fun to gaze at. The external dimensions of the Hyundai-Kona show a Length of 4180mm, Width of 1570mm, Height of 1570mm and a Wheelbase of 2600mm. Being a subcompact SUV, this dimension affirms its small-sized structure.
Babajide Olusola Sanwo-Olu, born June 25, 1965, is a Nigerian politician and the current Governor of Lagos State since 2019. A scholar and an intelligent governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu is a graduate of the University of Lagos, as well as the London Business School, Lagos Business School and the John F. Kennedy School of Government. Before becoming the governor of Lagos State, he was the managing director and CEO of Lagos State Property Development Corporation (LSPDC).
The wealthy politician with a net worth of over $200 million is also amongst those who launched the Hyundai-Kona; Nigeria’s first locally assembled car. The electric car has an inbuilt 201-hp electric motor powered by a 64.0-kWh battery that helps the Hyundai Kona EV achieve the 0 to 60 acceleration time of 6.4 seconds. It uses a single-speed automatic transmission that is controlled by 4 buttons in the centre console: Park, Neutral, Reverse and Drive.
Three trims are available in the Hyundai Kona EV. These are the SEL, the Limited and the Ultimate trim level. Pre-installed in all trim levels is a touchscreen system that features Apple CarPlay and Android Auto capability. This system is easy to use and operate.
Price Of Hyundai Kona
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If you are a Nigerian, you must have heard or even watched SilverBird TV. Guess who the owner is? Ben Bruce, a wealthy senator in Nigeria is the CEO of the popular TV station. He was the former East Senatorial representative of Bayelsa state under the People Democratic Party (PDP). He is a Member of the Board of National Arts Theatre, Nigerian Film Corporation, Federal Films Censors Board, National Film Distribution Company and Nigerian Anti- Piracy Action Committee. Ben Bruce is also a recipient of several prestigious awards including “Showbiz Icon of the Year Award” (2005), “Top Ten” Significant Nigerian Businessmen Award” (2006), “Life Achiever Award” (2006), “Champion for Nation Building Award” (2007), “Excellent Personality Award” (2009), “Officer of the Order of the Niger” (2014)
With a mouth-watering net worth of $715 million (₦358 billion), Ben Bruce has all it takes to ride the best of cars. He is proudly another owner of an electric car in Nigeria. Ben Bruce is very passionate about Nigeria joining the world in adopting electric vehicles. He proposed to pass a bill into the Nigeria senate to encourage electric cars in Nigeria, however, the bill was rejected.
Ben Murray-Bruce owns and rides a Lucid Air Electric car. The Lucid Air is an electric car produced and sold by Lucid Motors. Ben Murray-Bruce boasted that his electric car is capable of more miles than a Tesla on a full charge.
Price Of Lucid Air Electric
His Lucid Air Electric car costs between 38 – 87 million NGN.