Innoson Ready for Manufacturing Of Electric Cars
Just as the Presidency unveils auto-gas as an option for fuel in the country, Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Limited (IVM), has said the country is all ready for the world of electric cars manufacturing.
Chief Executive Officer of the indigenous vehicle manufacturing company, Dr. Innocent Chukwuma, said IVM had planned ahead for the new era of innovation in automobiles and would drive the programme to success.
Chukwuma, who also marks his 60th birthday today, reminisced on the journey thus far, with optimism that indigenous production has a lot of prospects with national support.
He said the auto industry today is making progress, despite the peculiar circumstances in the country.
“The nation is doing its best to spearhead the direction of the industry in Africa. With the support of our citizens, in the next few years, Nigeria would be described as the hub of the auto industry in Africa.”
“We are very ready and prepared. Presently, we have not started to manufacture vehicle engines, what we are doing is the manufacture of the body of vehicles. So, if electric cars become the ultimate, we will then begin to buy batteries, instead of the engines we presently use. It’s that simple. That’s why I said we are prepared for the coming trend,” he said.
Chukwuma added that the local patronage was doing well, though could do better.
“It’s understandable that it will be progressively gradual. The corporate citizens, governments at all levels, and individuals are trying their best to patronise us. We are very confident that in the near future, we will have substantial patronage from them. It’s indeed improving steadily.
“Electricity is one of our challenges. Though, it is witnessing a commendable improvement. Actually, when we started there were a lot of challenges but today the government has done a lot to support the industry. We started when there was no electricity at all. But there is a lot of improvement today.”