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FRSC moves for safer road infrastructure, inaugurates nRAP committee

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The Corps Marshal, Federal Road Safety Corps, Dr Boboye Oyeyemi, has inaugurated a committee on the proposed establishment of the National Road Assessment Programme (nRAP) aimed at enhancing safer road infrastructure and reduction in fatal road accidents.

A statement by the Corps Public Education Officer, Bisi Kazeem, quoted the corps marshal as saying that the Road Assessment Programme is an international concept and practice that had gained acceptance in regions and countries around the globe.

According to the FRSC boss, the concept aimed at enhancing existing road safety engineering practice and creating safe road infrastructure for all road users.

He explained that the programme was a deliberate effort by concerned authorities to assess road infrastructure with a view to improving the safety of roads.

“The main focus of RAP is placed on improvement of roads for vulnerable road users such as pedestrians, two and three wheeler vehicles,” the statement added.

Oyeyemi said upon creation of the nRAP, Nigeria would become an affiliate of the African Regional body and by extension a component of the International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP)

He congratulated members of the new group for being part of the committee which evolved from the need to encourage maximum collaboration and coordination of strategic infrastructure investment. Oyeyemi urged them to make meaningful contributions that would enrich the process and improve on our road safety.

According to him, as challenging as the problems bedevilling safer road infrastructure are, the task of road safety is still achievable if requisite research, technology and expertise are adequately harnessed.

He said the establishment of nRAP would not only be a step in the right direction towards the realisation of Pillar 2 of the United Nations Decade of Action on road safety 2021-2030, but also lead to the domestication of the iRAP strategies.

The members pledged commitment to the realisation of the mandate bestowed on them, noting that the nRAP was a veritable programme that would enhance the standards of road infrastructures in Nigeria.

Apart from the FRSC team, the stakeholders committee inaugural meeting had in attendance Dr Remix Adewunmi, representing the National Institute of Transport Technology; Garba Aliyu, representing the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, Mr Sita Onyelekwe from the Road Sector Development Team of the Federal Ministry of Works and Housing, and Amos GC who represented Nigeria Institute of Highway and Transportation Engineering, among others.

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Kia gets 30,000 pre-orders for battery-powered EV6 sedan

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Kia Motor Corporation, South Korea’s second-biggest carmaker, has launched an all-electric EV6 sedan in the domestic market ahead of its overseas launches later this year.
Already, the automaker says it has received over 30,000 pre-orders for the EV6 in the domestic market, and a combined 8,800 pre-orders in Europe and the United States, according to a report by Just Autos.
The maker of the K5 sedan and the Sorento SUV aim to sell 13,000 units of the zero-emission model on its home turf and 17,000 units in overseas markets this year.
The EV6 is Kia’s first model embedded with Hyundai Motor Group’s own EV-only electric-global modular platform (E-GMP).

The EV6 is priced at 47 million won-57 million won (US$40,800-$49,500) in Korea. With government subsidies, it can be purchased for under 40 million won.
The model is available with two kinds of battery packs — a standard 58-kilowatt-hour (kWh) battery pack and a long-range 77.4-kWh one. The 58-kWh and 77.4-kWh models can travel up to 370 kilometres and 475 km, respectively, on a single charge.
Kia also plans to introduce sedans, SUVs and multipurpose vehicles based on the new EV platform for the next seven years.
It plans to beef up its EV lineup with 11 models, including the seven E-GMP-based ones, by 2025.
With its strengthened EV lineup, it aims to achieve a 6.6 percent share of the global battery-powered EV market by 2025 and global annual sales of 500,000 units by 2026.
Kia’s current EV market share is not available as its EV sales accounted for only 1 percent of its overall sales in 2019.
In April, Kia’s bigger affiliate Hyundai Motor Co. launched the IONIQ 5 all-electric model equipped with the E-GMP platform.
Hyundai plans to introduce the IONIQ 6 next year and the IONIQ 7 large SUV in 2024. It will begin using alphanumeric names like its bigger rivals, such as BMW, whose models are named Series No. 1-8.

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GAC, Huawei plan smart electric SUV

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China-based auto firm, GAC Motors has sealed a deal with high-tech giant, Huawei, to produce a smart electric sport utility vehicle.
The GAC Group said its first joint project with Huawei would be a “smart SUV” with mass production targeted by the end of 2023.
GAC Motor aims to produce an entirely electrified lineup of vehicles by 2025.
GAC and Huawei said they planned to produce eight models together.
The medium to large size, pure electric SUV would have Level four autonomous driving capabilities, it added.
“GAC Group embraces and encourages extensive technological innovation in its vehicles, and Huawei is a global leader in many types of technology. This strategic cooperation will allow them to build a new generation of intelligent vehicles and digital platforms,” the pair said in a joint statement.
They also said, “This SUV and multiple other future models will utilise GAC’s GEP.30 chassis platform and Huawei’s computing and communication architecture as well as carrying Huawei’s full stack of intelligent vehicle solutions.”
Since signing a strategic cooperation agreement in 2017, GAC and Huawei have worked together on intelligent connected electric vehicle technology.
In September 2020 in Guangzhou, the two firms signed an agreement to further deepen cooperation, with a focus on computing and communication architecture in accordance with the trend in ‘software-heavy’ vehicles.

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Revised auto policy to become law before year end – NADDC

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  • Electric vehicle project incorporated

The Federal Government says the National Automotive Industry Development Plan will become law and its provisions binding on all players in the auto business in the country.

Director General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, who spoke in Lagos on the FG’s plans for the EVs also said the electric vehicle principle had been incorporated in the revised auto policy.

This came as stakeholders in the EVs and gas-powered vehicles called for the support of government in ensuring mass production and patronage of such vehicles in the country.

Jelani, who addressed participants virtually at a training programme organised by the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association in Lagos, stressed that electric and gas-fired vehicles had become the future of automobile globally with many countries setting target to end the sale of petrol and diesel engine automobiles.

The NADDC DG spoke at the workshop with the theme, ‘Migration to Electric Vehicles and Gas-powered Vehicles; Opportunities & Challenges for Nigeria’, assuring investors in the Nigeria’s auto business that the policy would be passed into law before the end of the year.

According to him, a lot of development like the EVs as well as gas-powered vehicles are springing up as the government fine-tunes the auto policy bill.

On the charging stations for electric vehicle, the DG encouraged Business men and women to take advantage of the opportunity.

The Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC), Dr. Boboye Oyeyemi, in his submission said migration into electric vehicles would reduce the dangerous emissions from fossil fuel vehicles mostly second hand flooding the Nigerian market.

Oyeyemi represented by the Lagos Sector Commander, Olusegun Ogungbemide disclosed that 80 per cent of vehicles are second hand.

“Some of them are as old as 30 years and when they come in, we embrace them as new vehicles, we subject them to the same activities that the new vehicles are being subjected to, not minding the costs,” he said.

He said, “This migration is so important to Nigeria especially in the area of health. Many people are in the hospital in Lagos today, which hitherto wouldn’t have been if our atmosphere has been so sanitized.

“The closest to it that we had in Lagos was during the lockdown when we had less vehicles on Nigerian roads. The commissioner for health testified to it when I visited him. During the lockdown, 70 to 80 per cent of vehicles with all these emissions were erased from the system with the exception of articulated vehicles.”

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