Nigerian Review Of Kia Soul EV – Video


Nigeria Needs EVs

Nigeria Needs EVs

Okay, so it’s not quite a review, but more like a plea to the Nigerian government to support electric cars:

KIA Soul Electric Vehicle.

Ben Bruce’s demonstration of the iconic and nimble KIA Soul EV.

The future of electric vehicles has arrived. With good design, superb performance, great value, and practical driving ranges, electric vehicles are here and charging ahead #GoGreen #KIAEV #BenBruce #naijadream

Bruce sure seems convinced that electric cars are the future, even for Nigeria and we agree.

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I imagine major government incentives for development of EV/Battery technology and duty free importation of BEVs is a tough sell in a poor OPEC country.

A good friend of mine is a Nigerian. She has deep roots still with family members there.


Well, at least in the foreseeable future.

The “oil rich” (in a way) country has massive corruption, and warlords fighting each other for power constantly. Electricity infrastructure is weak. Houses are built poorly. In fact, you are very often to see things 1/2 built and developed, then stopped.

Many people are poor in the country too.

My friend is in the wealthy side, with family in the local oil industry. In her wedding, “securities” were hired (these were off duty soldiers actually) to protect everyone during the ceremony just in case, with escape route laid out as part of the wedding plan.

And we think that they need electric vehicles? May be we should look at the bigger picture instead?

People don’t stop driving while we look at the “big picture”. The point this video is making is that Nigerians should drive EVs rather than gas cars in order to clean up the environment.

Poverty, corruption, security at weddings etc. will exist regardless of what type of car a person drives. It is silly to argue that because a country is corrupt and so on that they should continue to drive gas cars.

Poor people buy cheap cars and then in the long run spend a fortune on gasoline. If cheap EVs were available then the poor would not have to spend so much of their income on gas.

I think that it’s even sillier to focus on driving a clean energy vehicle at this point, given the condition they are in. The country is in constant fighting, and I don’t mean fist and kick. The 1st priority is to have a safe environment so that citizens don’t have to fear for their lives at any instance. Then, rebuild the society. As I said, based on my knowledge, many things are 1/2 built. There are areas that are “nice” as you can see in the video, and also where my friend’s family reside. That’s just a small part of the whole country, mostly in the capital. Then the government needs to bring citizen lives to a better than poverty level. Those need money. Yet we are already talking about incentives to push electric cars in Nigeria. Do you know what drives the main economy in Nigeria (hint: I mentioned it)? Do you know how many cars there are in Nigeria, and what type are they? Do you know how many people can actually afford a car? Whenever one pushes a new technology into the society, something else needs to give – can they afford to give that away at… Read more »

Nigeria is a troubled country, but that does not mean that people should not be encouraged to drive clean cars.

People are going to drive no matter what the state of the country is. So they might as well drive EVs instead of gas cars.

That they should focus on the “bigger issues” does not, in any way, mean that they cannot, at the same time, promote EVs. Among many other things, Nigeria needs to clean its air.

If we waited for Nigeria to solve its bigger problem before EVs are promoted there then we will have to wait several life times for that to happen.

Whatever the state of the country, people buy and drive cars. That is a given. The point of all this is that they might as well be buying and driving EVs rather than gas cars.

We could just as easily argue that our governments should not give incentives for EVs but instead, funnel the money towards our social problems like better access to health care etc. And when we have solved those problem they can then start promoting EVs.

Good to see a local campaigning for action. I wonder how much he paid for it? Was it an official import?

I worked in Nigeria for two years. Yes, there are LOADS of problems, and cars / pollution is one of the many problems. Just getting petrol / diesel for the cars at the stations can be a challenge. Yes, Nigeria is a huge oil exporter, but the government subsidizes refined oil products like petrol / gasoline / diesel / Jet-A. This video is a fantastic plea (that will be completely ignored) for a very workable solution for a country with a LOT of sun!!! Every house / building with solar and batteries could be mostly off grid. Since the public electrical grid fails so often, it would be almost required to have solar/batteries. And, because petrol can be hard to get sometimes, generators aren’t the answer, either. The pollution in Nigeria is a level that would be hard to explain. It puts disgusting on a whole new level. Electric Vehicles would solve both the problems with long queues to get petrol, but also the pollution. Solar / batteries will solve the horrendously low quality electricity issues. For all the money used to subsidize petrol, imagine if it were used to support EVs, solar and storage. Nigeria is a rich country,… Read more »

Isn’t the biggest enviromental problem that european countries waste is send illegally to africana countries and is burnt there??? This causes the most stingy smoke you can think of. We need a concept for waste. To save africa and our oceans!

I look at that picture, and it only reminds me of our own problems with idiots “rollin’ coal” right here in the US: