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Its no news in Nigeria about the high-priced fuel since the new administration took over from Buhari, With One Liter of Fuel Selling At ₦557, Following the removal of the fuel subsidy in Nigeria, the Federal Government of Nigeria has brought out a new price list for fuel in the country.

Unfortunately, all 36 states in the nation don’t have an equal price list for fuel. With the highest fuel price in some states being ₦557, the lowest price is ₦488, and that’s for only those in Lagos. 

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This is only saying that the future of automotive in the world is electrified vehicles, but can these electrified vehicles work in Nigeria? In developed countries like the US, UK, China etc, electric vehicles are fast becoming commonplace. The question Nigerians are concerned about is if electric cars can really work here. There are obvious reasons that make Nigerians doubt if electric cars can thrive in this country.

An electric vehicle, simply called an EV, is basically powered by energy stored in rechargeable batteries. Electric vehicles need intermittent charging to keep them working. Truth be told, electric vehicles are a better alternative to gasoline-powered cars because they are more cost-effective, have low maintenance and give zero emissions.

The fact is, Nigeria as a country is quite slow in adopting the latest innovation and technological trends. Other African countries like Kenya and South Africa amongst others have gone ahead in making their country more habitable for electric vehicles. But, what about Nigeria? Knowing the current challenges facing the country, can electric vehicles really work in Nigeria?

  • Bad Roads
  • Epileptic Power
  • Few Charging Stations
  • Unavailability Of Spare Parts
  • Traffic

are the major factors affecting the growth of electric vehicles in Nigeria, But still they are a few Nigerians who have brought and have been maintaining electric cars in Nigeria, people like Paystack co-founder, Ezra who buys Tesla Model S and also Patricia CEO Huna

patricia ceo Huna Tesla
patricia ceo Huna Tesla

It’s not just Tesla vehicles you can buy in Nigeria as an electrified car, they are many others, even cheaper than Tesla, now follow the article below to find out the top five cheap electric cars you can buy in Nigeria to save yourself the stress of queuing in fuel station just to buy overpriced fuel.

Nissan Leaf

nissan leaf electric car
nissan leaf electric car

The Nissan Leaf comes with smart features with the latest technologies including e-pedal, ProPilot systems, Bluetooth Apple CarPlay, connectivity, navigation and Android Auto installed amongst others. The exterior body of the Nissan Leaf has a sleek design with a distinctive V-Motion grille, a unique floating roof and sharp aerodynamic lines.

The standard Leaf models come with a 147-horsepower electric motor that powers the front wheels, with a 40.0kWh battery that is able to go on a journey of about 160 miles on a full charge.

The Nissan Leaf is fully electric and comes at a starting price of about ₦10 million.

Ford Focus Electric

Ford Focus Electric
Ford Focus Electric

You can get this fully electric car for as low as ₦10million, the price may range from place to place in Nigeria depending on transportation expenses to where you live and other logistics.

With the Ford Focus Electric, you can travel as far as 115 miles on the installed 143HP power engine. The challenge however with the Ford Focus Electric is the time it takes to get a full charge. With a 240-volt outlet, it takes about five and a half hours for a full charge, but with a 120-volt outlet, it can take a long period of time of about 20 hours.

Volkswagen E-Golf

Volkswagen E-Golf
Volkswagen E-Golf

Luxury does not necessarily have to be expensive, believe me, good comfort can be affordable. The Volkswagen e-golf is a perfect example of luxury at an affordable price. The vehicle has smart exciting features a USB port, Bluetooth, HD radio, digital cockpit, rearview Vera, satellite radio and a great battery.

Volkswagen E-Golf is able to give great performance with its powerful 134-horsepower electric vehicle. The starting price comes to as low as ₦11million.

Kia Soul Ev

Kia Soul Ev in Nigeria

One of the most affordable electric cars you can find is the KIA Soul. This electric vehicle comes at a cost ranging from ₦ 12million to ₦14million. This offers good value for money considering the top-notch tech features the electric vehicle is equipped with. These tech features include smooth acceleration, Bluetooth, navigation and simple safety features. The vehicle has sufficient cargo space and could comfortably seat about 4-5 adults.

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

Smart Fortwo Electric Drive
Smart Fortwo Electric Drive

This is one of the cheapest electric cars you will find in the Nigerian automobile market for as low as ₦9 million. The car provides ample fuel economy and environmentally friendly materials are used in its design, such that your health and that of the planet are preserved. The car is also extremely portable and light, such that you feel good on the go.

On a single full charge of about 3 hours with a 240-volt charger, Smart Fortwo Electric Drive can travel for about 60 miles.

Tesla S Model

Tesla Cars In Nigeria
Tesla Cars In Nigeria

Tesla s, made by Tesla Inc. is another unique breed of electric cars you can find on the streets. Of all the Tesla models, only Tesla S has been spotted in Nigeria.

Tesla S is equipped with state-of-the-art features. It has a spacious interior design that contains the dashboard where you find the 17-inch touch-screen infotainment system. They are two kinds of Tesla S- the Long Range and the Performance trim. Equipped with two electric motors, the Long-range Model S can attain an acceleration of 0-60 mph in 3.7s and a top speed of 155mph; with an estimated range of 412 miles. The Performance Model S has an even journey of 0-60mph at 2.4s.

Hyundai Kona Electric Vehicle

Hyundai Kona Electric  car in Nigeria
Hyundai Kona Electric car in Nigeria

The Hyundai Kona Electric vehicle is the first of its kind made in Nigeria. The car was proudly launched by the Governor of Lagos State; Babajide Sanwo-Olu in November 2020. Since this car was made and assembled in Nigeria, it is one of the cheapest electric cars you can consider buying.

Hyundai Kona is a fully electric car that can travel for up to 482km after 9.35 hours of charging. The electric car has an inbuilt 201-hp electric motor powered by a 64.0-kWh battery that helps the Hyundai Kona EV achieve a 0 to 60 acceleration time of 6.4 seconds. The car also comes with other smart features like Bluetooth, navigation, Wi-Fi connectivity, Android Auto, Auto Play etc.

According to the Governor of Lagos State, he has promised that soon enough there will be Public charging stations for the Hyundai Kona.

You can get the Hyundai Kona EV for as low as ₦22million

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