It’s almost one week since the increase in fuel prices in Nigeria. Most especially, this has affected car owners. Especially those whose cars have a gas-powered powertrain.
Many car owners and commercial drivers have complained about how the increase in fuel prices means they have to pay almost 4x for the regular-sized fuel they purchase regularly. Now, an average Nigerian who drives a V6 vehicle could spend over N40,000 to fill up their vehicle’s tank.
In a recent post shared on Instagram, the Instagram account @carcontinent wondered if the increase in the price of fuel will lead to the rise and popularity of electric cars in Nigeria. The caption of the post says:
“FUEL LOL! With how expensive petrol is, will we start seeing more electric cars in Nigeria?”
Here are some reactions to his question:
@consultcarpital commented: “I think we would see more hybrid cars than electric cars.”
@automobil_poacher commented: “The electric car business can’t survive and thrive in a country without electricity. Besides there has to be properly maintained charging stations, that consumes a lot of energy.”
@ehidinho commented: “The best bet is CNG, it’s cheaper, e abundant for naija (number 1 producer of gas in the world) and it’s cleaner than petrol.”
@adeoginni commented: “Yes we would. Along Adeola Odeku there are more electric cars than you know, Sterling Bank opened the first electric recharge station along that route…a awesome sight and a leading initiative.”
@gustavo__113 commented: “If there is a way person fit get this electric car in the range of 5 million up it’s will sweet eeh. Wetting be fuel.”
@allen_olu commented: “More hybrid cars will come out to play.”