FG Initiates Standards for Electric and CNG Vehicles

FG To Convert 10million PMS Vehicles To CNG

The National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC) has unveiled plans to establish national standards for the conversion and maintenance of electric vehicles (EVs) and Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) vehicles.

Joseph Osanipin, the Director-General of NADDC, made this announcement during a validation workshop for the draft of the national standards for auto gas vehicles held in Nasarawa.

Osanipin explained that the main objective of the workshop was to develop standardized operational procedures and a blueprint for skills development in the conversion, calibration, and maintenance of these emerging automotive energy sources. He highlighted that this initiative aligns with the government’s agenda for sustainable development.

The Director-General emphasized that upon approval of the draft standards by the National Assembly, it would pave the way for job creation and contribute to the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. He also mentioned plans to establish more CNG gas stations in Abuja as part of the ongoing efforts.

Osanipin stated, “Achieving the Federal Government’s objectives with autogas will diminish reliance on petrol and diesel, addressing environmental concerns while creating employment opportunities and fostering wealth creation.”

He underscored the importance of incorporating input from all relevant stakeholders in the development of the national standards, emphasizing adherence to international best practices to elevate the automotive sector to global standards.

The initiative aligns closely with the Nigerian Automotive Industry Development Plan 2023–2033, reintroduced by the Federal Government in 2023. This plan aims to revitalize the automotive industry and promote sustainable growth through technological advancement and skills development.

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