Nigerian entrepreneur Mustapha Gajibo is now constructing photo voltaic battery-powered buses from scratch in a push to advertise clear power and curb air pollution.
Nigerian entrepreneur Mustapha Gajibo has been changing petrol mini-buses into electrical automobiles at his workshop, however he’s now going a step additional to construct photo voltaic battery-powered buses from scratch in a push to advertise clear power and curb air pollution.
Africa’s prime producer and exporter of crude oil has heavily-subsidised gasoline and a patchy provide of electrical energy — a mix which may discourage anybody from investing in electrical automobiles.
But Gajibo, a 30-year-old college drop-out and resident of Maiduguri metropolis in Nigeria’s northeast, is undaunted. He says rising international oil costs and air pollution make electrical automobiles a worthwhile various in Nigeria.
At his workshop, he has already stripped combustion engines from 10 mini-buses, powering them with photo voltaic batteries. The buses, which have been working for simply over a month, cowl a distance of 100 km on a single cost, he stated.
His most bold challenge is constructing the buses from scratch. They shall be outfitted with photo voltaic panels and batteries.
“As I am speaking to you now at our workshop, we are building a 12-seater bus which can cover up to 200 kilometers on one charge,” Gajibo stated.
“Before the end of this month we are going to unveil that bus, which will be the first of its kind in the whole of Nigeria,” he stated, including that his workshop had capability to supply 15 buses a month.
In Nigeria, like most of Africa, electrical automobiles haven’t but gained traction as a result of they’re dearer and there’s little electrical energy and no infrastructure to cost automobiles.
For now, Gajibo has one charging station powered by photo voltaic.
There are different hurdles like international forex shortages that make it troublesome to import components. So, he’s trying to supply them in Nigeria.
“We have been substituting some materials with local materials to bring our costs down and maximize profit,” stated Gajibo.
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