African electric car company receives $9 million funding from Canada

African electric car company receives $9 million funding from Canada

- A company in Nigeria called JET Motor Company has created an electric vehicle that can go 300km on a charge

- The organisation was able to raise $9 million from Canada, stressing the need for government's support

- Called the JET EV, the bus could be customised to fit the customer's need for a vehicle

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Nigeria seems to have finally caught up with the latest automobile trend as an indigenous company called JET Motor Company manufactured the nation’s first electric vehicle called JET EV.

According to Naija Stories on Twitter on Wednesday, July 22, the prototype of the machine was taken on a 300km test drive from Lagos to Benin.

Before the test drive, the manufacturer already got a fund backing of $9 million backings from Canadian-based Africa Development Capital, Techpoint reports.

It should be noted that the company was founded in 2017 and two years after started an automobile series called the JET Mover which consists of fine customizable mini-buses.

The company’s director of sales and marketing, Rupani Sanjay, said that the buses can be customized into whatever purpose like a tour bus, cargo, medical, school bus, etc.

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“We wanted to create a global product that is built to last. We were obsessed with getting it right because, if our vehicles can work well on Nigerian and African roads, they can succeed anywhere in the world,” he spoke about the manufacturing process.

The sales director went further to say that the plan of the company is to build the Tesla of Africa, adding that they plan to introduce other types of vehicles like SUVs and sedans by 2022. Sanjay added that the vehicle can cover a distance of 300km on a single charge.

A collage showing the electric vehicle. Photo source: Twitter/Niaja Stories
A collage showing the electric vehicle. Photo source: Twitter/Niaja Stories
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