The Elective Vehicle Pilot Project is an initiative of the National Automotive Design and Development Agency, or NADDC.
The Minister of Industry, Trade and Investment, Adeniyi Adebayo; NADDC Board Chairman, Senator Osita Izunaso; and NADDC Director-General, Jelani Aliyu, were all present at the commissioning on Tuesday at the university's college of engineering.
The minister stated the charging station is aimed at encouraging practical local solutions for vehicle electrification in the country while commissioning the project.
According to him, the initiative would provide students with hands-on experience with cutting-edge mobility and renewable energy technologies.
“It is strategized to be an effective platform for focused Research and Development into even more applicable Vehicle Electrification solutions for Nigeria and Africa,” the minister added.
“For my ministry (the Federal Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment), programs such as these are the lifeblood of everything we are trying to achieve.
“It is, after all, a proven fact among advanced nations, that the key to successful industrialization is strategic human capital & capacity development in the state of the art technologies.”
Earlier, the NADDC Chairman stated that the organization is dedicated to fostering innovative technology adoption, research, manufacturing, and use in the country's automotive sector.
Mr. Aliyu reminded that on February 5, the minister revealed the Hyundai Kona EV, the first electric vehicle built in Nigeria, and that he is now commissioning the NADDC Solar Powered EV Charging Station.
Speaking on the station, Mr. Aliyu said:
“This EV Charging Station to be commissioned today is 100% Solar Powered.
“The installation consists of 60 PV Monocrystalline Solar arrays (panels), which have a capacity of 86.4 kilowatts per hour, there are 3 online-offline 5KVA Hybrid inverters synchronized together to give 15 KVA/48 WATTS, and we have 36 units of Deep Cycle Gel batteries with an output of 48 volts/19 and 0.
“The Power bank consists of 36 units of the dry cell, deep cycle batteries of up to 95Kwh storage capacity.
“The system provides ordinary 13A and 15A sockets that can support all types of normal chargers. The station also provides a 7.4kw CCS fast charger and can support up to 11kw types.”
The initiative would provide the institution with an effective platform for advanced innovation in EVs and related Renewable Energy solutions, according to the director-general.