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Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by EnigmaticEnigma(m): 10:16am On Dec 05
I remember when "NEPA" used to do shakara for us, before we installed Solar Panels on our roof. Now whether or not they bring the light, is their own business.

I was caught up in the middle of the whole "scarcity" thing last night, around 12a.m. Finally found one station that had petrol, but refused to sell. You should have seen the fuel attendants gesticulating, prancing around like spoiled little princesses, just because we were begging them to sell. Had to pay 1k, just to get to buy.

it's funny how their shakara always starts when there is fuel scarcity, that is when you will know the true nature of a petrol attendant.

...

Enter the Electric Vehicle.



Just like Solar Panels, Electric vehicles are becoming cheaper and cheaper with increased range and charging times. It won't be long before the model 3 comes out, priced at just about $35,000.


We already have great competitors in the E.V industry like the Chevy Bolt, capable of giving you 250 miles on a single charge. That is 482Km on a single charge which is very impressive. The more impressive part is that the Bolt starts under $30,000.


Like the I.C.E industry, the E.V industry will soon be filled up with used affordable cars for sale, which would bring prices of used versions of the Model S and the bolt further down to below $25,000 and $20,000 respectively.

At these prices, in a year or two, there would be no need for Nigerians to keep buying I.C.Es unless of course charging would be a problem for that.


Now people might ask, How do you Charge E.Vs in Nigeria Where is the Light

Well, most people in Nigeria already have Gen sets in their houses, so to charge you simply would turn on your Gen like you normally do and plug in your car to the wall, like you would plug in your phone. That is obviously for times when mains power is unavailable.

I do not foresee Electric charge stations being abundant in Nigeria any time soon, like how we have a prevalence of petrol stations right now though, so getting a quick charge for your electric vehicle might be a tad difficult. Still, as long as you can get power at home, then you can simply plug in your car to charge.

If you want to do away with petrol and deisel entirely, then you could purchase a 1kw solar setup to keep your car batteries charged. This is equivalent to taking all the money you use to buy petrol each month for a year and investing it in a solar setup that could potentially charge your vehicle for 20 years.



The Future in now guys, lets be free from all these guys doing shakara with their stinky petrol angry

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by DrMuzungu: 10:20am On Dec 05
And you will generate electricity to charge your cars... how exactly?

Since Nigerian power generation and distribution infrastructure is almost non-existent (serving under 10% of all needs), you will again rely on generators. Ok, cool, you can have it at home, but you still need to buy fuel for it. And to take any longer journey, you will need to recharge somewhere. And that is where the trouble begins.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by EnigmaticEnigma(m): 10:30am On Dec 05
DrMuzungu:
And you will generate electricity to charge your cars... how exactly?

Since Nigerian power generation and distribution infrastructure is almost non-existent (serving under 10% of all needs), you will again rely on generators. Ok, cool, you can have it at home, but you still need to buy fuel for it. And to take any longer journey, you will need to recharge somewhere. And that is where the trouble begins.

bro, you don't have to rely on the gen. As I said, you could get a 1kw solar setup to charge your car for you. Or if you drive to the office and there is light, you can work out a way with management, or security guys to be charging your car while at work when you park.

Solar panels will only get cheaper trust me! It's just that our currency is so messed up, that reduced costs sometimes don't reflect here due to inflation. Still though, panels will get cheaper an cheaper. You can get 1kw panels for about 200k now.

AS FOR LONG TRIPS THOUGH, yes, you are right, you might get stuck sadly embarassed I don't foresee charging stations in Nigeria, unless the demand rises and smart entrepreneurs see the new trend and fill the need. Till then, you may not be able to take your electric car from Lagos to Abuja and back again, unless you plan to lodge in some hotel overnight and charge it there.

Still though, if you just drive to work and back home and other side trips here and there, there is PLEEEEENTY of range in and Electric Vehicle to put your current I.C.E to shame, even in this Naija. Dude 480km on a single charge is no joke men.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by EnigmaticEnigma(m): 10:34am On Dec 05
Did I also mention, close to ZERO maintenance

No more Oil change,

No more Engine misfiring

No more vacuum leaks

No more Oil leaks

No more premature transmission failures

No more fouled spark plugs

No more Engine Knocking

No more, just change your tires, pads, wipers, lights... minor stuffs and you're good to go

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by valarinz: 8:28pm On Dec 05
EnigmaticEnigma:
Did I also mention, close to ZERO maintenance

No more Oil change,

No more Engine misfiring

No more vacuum leaks

No more Oil leaks

No more premature transmission failures

No more fouled spark plugs

No more Engine Knocking

No more, just change your tires, pads, wipers, lights... minor stuffs and you're good to go

See as e dey sweet for your mouth, I suspect u want to sell solar panels or something solar sha, fire on!!!

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by cr7rooney10(m): 6:54am On Dec 06
Another level
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by RIPEnglish: 6:55am On Dec 06
That are what buhari have causes the country. Rubbish governments.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by malware: 6:55am On Dec 06
To ordinarily keep your phone charged 24/7 in Naija dey hard person, na car wey need constant charging you wan introduce? How you wan take charge am?

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Elslim: 6:56am On Dec 06
abeg where the light??
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Lexusgs430: 6:56am On Dec 06
Which light would we use to charge it?
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by AishaBuhari: 6:56am On Dec 06
The topic is just contradictory! When majority depends solely on generating sets for light. EV can't work in Nigeria. SMH

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by supereagle(m): 6:57am On Dec 06
Nigerian researchers are mentally lazy to find solution or alternative. I learnt the Brazilian scientists converted their alcohol produced from sugar cane to power their vehicles

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by martineverest(m): 6:57am On Dec 06
Useless post..... Even the most developed nations are still using fuelled cars with low electric cars usage
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by abdeiz(m): 6:58am On Dec 06
Too many naysayers, so many doubters that EVs will work in this country....cmon guys you all wanna depend on dinosaurs? We need to think its possible, sure, the epileptic power situation, the irony of using gasoline to power your gen so that you can charge your EV, costly setup costs of solar and non existence of wind energy infrastructure, we still have a long way to go and we will get there.

Probably not on time

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Ghnaija(m): 6:58am On Dec 06
No vex ohhh just asking if the car get problem who go repair am is it mechanic or electrician sad

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by proeast(m): 6:59am On Dec 06
Delusion!
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by 9jatatafo(m): 6:59am On Dec 06
Lol go eletric wen no light
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Judolisco(m): 6:59am On Dec 06
Where is d electricity to charge d cars some pple self
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Softmojo: 6:59am On Dec 06
nice idea but what happens after an electric car crash aint funny at all.
Are we really ready?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4997486/35-firefighters-tackle-enormous-Tesla-Model-S-fire.html
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by homenje73: 7:00am On Dec 06
4 wetin. d shakara na 4 u, me wetin concern me 4 scarcity, I no park car dey jump bus?

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by tdayof(m): 7:01am On Dec 06
Nigeria to go electric? A country that depends on oil?


Go electric and see our economy crumbling.
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by desthan(m): 7:02am On Dec 06
DrMuzungu:
And you will generate electricity to charge your cars... how exactly?

Since Nigerian power generation and distribution infrastructure is almost non-existent (serving under 10% of all needs), you will again rely on generators. Ok, cool, you can have it at home, but you still need to buy fuel for it. And to take any longer journey, you will need to recharge somewhere. And that is where the trouble begins.

The real palava is when you decide to embark on a long journey. Ben Bruce only drive his electric telsa from his house in Abuja to the assembly complex. Maybe he should try driving all the way to his home town, bayelsa and tell us the feeling.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Mrchippychappy(m): 7:04am On Dec 06
But for you to go electric you go need generator na? and generator runs on petrol, abi? and as of now there's scarcity of petrol?

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by symbianDON(m): 7:04am On Dec 06
electric cars are the way to go. truth is they are getting better and better by day: the drive range on full charge is tremendously improving and very soon I foresee cars that may last close to a week on full charge or over 1000miles drive range on one charge. it should not be a major challenge even in Nigeria to own one.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by HAH: 7:04am On Dec 06
Op, currently how long can one charge the car to get fully charged, I think I may need to get this car in not too distant future, even if it is for the adventure, $30k is very affordable
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by abdeiz(m): 7:05am On Dec 06
EnigmaticEnigma:


bro, you don't have to rely on the gen. As I said, you could get a 1kw solar setup to charge your car for you. Or if you drive to the office and there is light, you can work out a way with management, or security guys to be charging your car while at work when you park.

Solar panels will only get cheaper trust me! It's just that our currency is so messed up, that reduced costs sometimes don't reflect here due to inflation. Still though, panels will get cheaper an cheaper. You can get 1kw panels for about 200k now.

AS FOR LONG TRIPS THOUGH, yes, you are right, you might get stuck sadly embarassed I don't foresee charging stations in Nigeria, unless the demand rises and smart entrepreneurs see the new trend and fill the need. Till then, you may not be able to take your electric car from Lagos to Abuja and back again, unless you plan to lodge in some hotel overnight and charge it there.

Still though, if you just drive to work and back home and other side trips here and there, there is PLEEEEENTY of range in and Electric Vehicle to put your current I.C.E to shame, even in this Naija. Dude 480km on a single charge is no joke men.

If you notice Nigerians are too stubborn AND conservative when it come to green energy...our love for fossil fuels is going to be our downfall.

Instead of us to start thinking about how to move on to alternative sources of energy like solar(which will definitely get cheaper in the future), biofuels and wind(very expensive but has the potential in this country)...but no we still want to stubbornly depend on petrol all the time.

As fas as I'm concerned electric vehicles are the future and I'm going to invest my.money in there.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Sugarbear007(m): 7:05am On Dec 06
Op 4 which road...small hybrid sef we nova use am swim naija road finish na cum full E.V ...

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by abdeiz(m): 7:06am On Dec 06
Softmojo:
nice idea but what happens after an electric car crash aint funny at all.
Are we really ready?

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-4997486/35-firefighters-tackle-enormous-Tesla-Model-S-fire.html

Oh yeah...what about tankers that crash on a daily basis. have you ever witnessed a tanker fire?

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by millionboi2: 7:06am On Dec 06
Where is d electricity kwanu
Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by Allwility: 7:08am On Dec 06
OP stop deceiving people. Electric cars are not economically feasible compared to I.C.E cars.
The cost of those electric cars you gave comes with subsidies from the Western governments. Besides the cost of producing the batteries for electric cars is rising and will continue to rise if we all switched to electric cars. Why is that?? Simply because the elements (Lithium, cobalt and some other elements) used in making them are rare.

Cost of lithium per tonne: $7000
Cost of cobalt per tonne $66,000

Cobalt was $40,000 as at February 2017. These costs will keep rising if we all switched to electric cars. That's the reason why the Chinese govt had to reduce its subsidy on electric cars.
Also if we all plugged our cars to charge overnight, how will we handle the resulting overload?

And finally electric cars are not really green. Check out pictures of lithium mines...not a sight to behold. Besides dead batteries would be a major source of pollution to the environment.

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by abdeiz(m): 7:08am On Dec 06
AishaBuhari:
The topic is just contradictory! When majority depends solely on generating sets for light. EV can't work in Nigeria. SMH

That was what Elon musk was told...we'll look where that got him now..we need to believe it can be done...one at a time until everyone's on board...unfortunately we live in a country where it is only too late before we take action

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Re: Petrol Scarcity Again? It's Time For Nigerians To Go Electric by kenkool(m): 7:10am On Dec 06
EnigmaticEnigma:


bro, you don't have to rely on the gen. As I said, you could get a 1kw solar setup to charge your car for you. Or if you drive to the office and there is light, you can work out a way with management, or security guys to be charging your car while at work when you park.

Solar panels will only get cheaper trust me! It's just that our currency is so messed up, that reduced costs sometimes don't reflect here due to inflation. Still though, panels will get cheaper an cheaper. You can get 1kw panels for about 200k now.

AS FOR LONG TRIPS THOUGH, yes, you are right, you might get stuck sadly embarassed I don't foresee charging stations in Nigeria, unless the demand rises and smart entrepreneurs see the new trend and fill the need. Till then, you may not be able to take your electric car from Lagos to Abuja and back again, unless you plan to lodge in some hotel overnight and charge it there.

Still though, if you just drive to work and back home and other side trips here and there, there is PLEEEEENTY of range in and Electric Vehicle to put your current I.C.E to shame, even in this Naija. Dude 480km on a single charge is no joke men.
Oga that's not what Naija need ATM, we need power to do basic things, this is when you have power in excess, EV is not what Nigeria should be worried about now.
Btw, Tesla is a very expensive, forget model 3, it's not in market yet.

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