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5 Reasons Electric Cars Won’t Sell Well In Nigeria



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Electric vehicles are gradually becoming the talk in the mouth of all. With concern to the soaring gas prices and environmental friendliness, electric cars seem to be the answer. The Electric car is relatively a new concept in the automotive industry.

These EVs have their good sides; they are good in their own unique way. Be it as it may, there are several reasons it won’t be able to sell in Nigeria even though they are being sold out in developed countries.

Some of these EVs include Nissan Leaf, Ford Focus Electric or Tesla Model S, Chevrolet Volt.

There are certain reasons why a typical Nigerian won’t fancy electric vehicles. They are:

1. The Range Anxiety:
For electric cars, you don’t just walk into your cars to drive; you need to do some calculations to know where and where you can go with the charges. After facing calculation wahala in school, you’ll  still have to do some calculations before you leave your house…that’s weird.
A typical Nigerian man is not ready to be doing this. It will be a turn-off.

2. No sharp sharp refill:
If you drive the conventional combustion engine and you’re running low on fuel, you just enter any gas station closeby and fill up. This won’t take much time (Except you dey queue for NNPC to buy cheaper).

The case is totally different for EVs. It takes time to charge. It takes up to 4-6 hours or more to get them fully charged. 15 minutes of charging will just add few miles to the energy bank. That’s sad.
A typical Nigerian man loves sharp sharp things.

3. Charging the EVs:
This will be a very big problem for Nigerians. All EVs need power to charge them and Nigeria as a country is already facing power issues.
Introducing electric vehicles will bring in more problems. EVs are not suitable for places having power shortage; Nigeria is not an exception.

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4. They are relatively expensive:
This one na money matter.
Take out your time to check the prices of these EVs’ and you’ll see that they are on the high side. The more affordable ones fall under $30,000 to $40,000 price range, while the luxury models creep into $80,000 and above.
In Naira, we are talking of N10 million. An average Nigerian can’t afford this just to buy a car.
EVs  no dey like Tokumbo o ??.

5. Maintenance issues:
Electric cars won’t give much headache like their combustion engine counterparts; they don’t need engine oil, just rotate your tires.
The big question now is: what will you do when an issue arises?
It might be difficult to take it for repairs. There are not many experts who would be able to handle them.


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Emeka is a Contributor at Autojosh. A graduate of Electrical/Electronic Engineering with a B.Eng degree. Emeka is a car enthusiast who is interested in traveling, writing, movies and driving. He also loves drinking garri with cold water.

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  1. Segun J.

    November 22, 2017 at 06:38

    Have seen few Telsa Electric Cars on our road….Nigerians love cars they will still buy the EVS especially our politicians

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