GIG Logistics, Jet Motor partner on electric vehicles
As automakers, car buyers and fleet owners across the world continue to embrace decarbonisation, GIG Logistics has partnered JET Motor Company to launch the first electric vans (EVs) in the country.
The partnership is poised to phase out the internal combustion engine of the logistics firms’ cargo fleet, replacing them with EVs in line with United Nations Environment’s Electric Mobility Programme.
Although Nigeria may have recorded a milestone in unveiling the first locally-assembled electric car, the innovation may be stalled by infrastructural constraints.
However, the two firms are not deterred by the challenge, hence called on the government to hasten efforts in tackling the difficulties to make operators remain competitive.
EV adoption globally is aimed at easing the pressure on energy and reducing carbon emission.
Assembled by indigenous auto company, Jet Motor Company, the Jet Mover vans were procured by GIG as part of its commitment towards environmental sustainability, as well as to enhance the efficiency of its operations, and impact on the businesses of its customers.
GIG Logistics’ Director of Operations, Ocholi Etu, explained that the launch of the 100 per cent electric vans was the first practical step in the company’s journey towards carbon neutrality.
He added that as support infrastructure improves, the company would be deploying more EVs to the long-distance (inter-state) routes.
Etu, who spoke at the formal unveiling in Lagos, also identified some of the vital advantages of Jet Mover and other EVs as eco-friendliness, zero emissions, zero noise pollution, and lower maintenance costs.
He said studies had revealed that electric vehicles have 70 per cent lower maintenance costs compared to internal combustion engine vehicles.
Giving more insight into the innovative investment, Etu said: “We are the first Nigerian and, perhaps, African company in the logistics space to deploy electric vans for operations. We are able to achieve this feat due to our partnership with Jet Motor Company, also a futuristic player in the automotive space, with focus on sustainability.”
“We are proud of our carbon neutrality focus and this is our first physical step on the path to becoming a zero-carbon logistic company.
“The entire global logistics industry is presently focused on issues around environmental sustainability, as reports have shown logistics as an industry that contributes the largest share of carbon emissions.”
According to him, an interplay of EV advantages means that, in the immediate and in the long run, GIG Logistics’ services would become more affordable, while taking e-commerce in Nigeria and beyond to greater heights.
As part of the unveiling ceremony at the GIG Logistics office, where a charging point has been installed for the EVs, the charging of Jet Mover was demonstrated to the visitors, who were informed that it takes about two hours to get a full charge that will take the vehicle through close to 300 kilometres.
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