The University of Nigeria, Nsukka (UNN) has become the first institution to produce an electric car in the country. The five-seater vehicle, named 'Lion Ozumba 551', was produced by the university's Faculty of Engineering. During its unveiling on Monday, Juky 8, 2019, the Director-General of National Automotive Design and Development Council (NADDC), Jelani Aliyu, urged other universities to emulate UNN and give room for innovations in order to move the country to the next level. "The council is happy that UNN is the first to prepare a paper design and produced electrical car that has been unveiled and test-run today in the university. "We urge other universities and higher institutions in the country to emulate innovation and technology spirit of UNN," Aliyu said. Ozoemena Ani, who was the coordinator of UNN Metatronic group that produced the car, said it was produced with 80% local materials. He said the car could be charged in any electric socket and could cover a distance of 30 kilometres, when fully charged. Is this a step in the right direction?
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