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Hyundai wins EV charging station gold, other awards at global event

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Hyundai Motor has recorded an impressive performance, winning 14 awards for design excellence at the 2021 edition of the global iF Design Award.

Its electric vehicle charging station became the toast of the moment as the automaker carted home its third Gold award through the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’.

Founded in 1954 by iF International Forum Design GmbH in Hanover, a leading independent design institution, the iF Design Award is said to be one of the largest and most important design competitions in the world.

A statement by the Stallion Motors, the company’s representative in Nigeria and signed by Sonu Singh of the Media and Marketing said it was the Hyundai’s seventh consecutive year of honours at the prestigious global event.

Part of the statement read, “The company showed its range by winning design awards in categories such as product, communication, user interface, architecture, and professional concept

“Hyundai Motor Company triumphed at the world-renowned International Forum (iF) Design Award 2021 this week with 14 awards for design excellence, including iF’s top Gold award for the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’ for electric vehicle (EV).

“Hyundai Motor has now been honoured at seven consecutive iF Design Award events, including three coveted Gold awards, which go to only 75 of the best designs among nearly 10,000 annual entries.

“Hyundai triumphs across various disciplines such as product, communication, user interface, architecture, and professional concept. In particular, the company is recognized for its brand communication design with six awards in the communication category for the first time.”

It quoted Thomas Schemera, Executive Vice President and Global Chief Marketing Officer at Hyundai Motor, as saying, “This award is considered to be the part in which Hyundai has been fully recognized by global experts in the field of brand communication beyond product design.

“In the future, we will strengthen our activities to build an innovative brand image through creative and sustainable customer experiences.”

According to the firm, the ‘E-pit ultra-fast charger’ greatly improves user experience by solving several problems that are typically found in EV chargers such as bulky cables, complicated operation and service use, unclear charging status, hygiene (especially important during a pandemic) as well as production and maintenance.

“Inspired by the pit stops of Formula One racing, Hyundai Design Center designed E-pit to offer fast, easy, convenient and premium services to EV customers. It’s easy to use and provides a simple yet powerful design solution that considers a variety of things from hygiene to maintenance,” it added.

Senior Vice President and Head of Hyundai Global Design Center, SangYup Lee, said, “The E-pit design is the absolute result of our efforts to offer a new charging experience to customers.”

He added, “Innovative design comes out when the designer focuses on the user’s experience as the top priority.”

According to the statement, the E-pit’s design considers various charging scenarios based on the Hyundai Motor’s human-centred philosophy.

“For example, its large roof provides a comfortable charging experience regardless of weather conditions. Moreover, the auto-positioning feature, which automatically moves the charging cable, allows diverse charging positions for different vehicles,” it stated.

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Niger driver kills three students, injures eight in Suleja

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Three SS1 students of the Government Secondary School Field Base Suleja, Niger State, have been killed by a vehicle that rammed into them on their way from school.
The students were trekking home on the Suleja-Kaduna road on Monday afternoon when the incident occurred.
Three of the students were killed on the spot while eight others sustained injury.
Names of the students that died were given as Abdulhafeez Musa, Kawiyat Sharafadeen and Sunday Paul.
The driver was also said to have been injured and was receiving treatment under police watch in Suleja.
Niger State Commissioner for Education, Hajiya Hannatu Salihu, described the incident as painful and tragic.
She said the students were returning from school to their parents when they met with their death in a preventable accident.
To prevent future occurrences, the commissioner stated the state government would construct speed breakers (bumps) on the roads to schools across the state.

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NADDC DG to open auto journalists capacity building workshop Thursday

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Director-General of the National Automotive Design and Development Council, Jelani Aliyu, will Thursday July 29 in Lagos declare open auto journalist training programme, which is centred around the ‘Migration to Electric Vehicles and Gas-powered Vehicles; Opportunities and Challenges for Nigeria’.
The one-day event is expected to feature technical sessions that will take the auto writers through the current global automotive industry issue of electric and gas as an alternative to petrol and diesel.
Also expected at training and capacity building programme as a guest of honour is Boboye Oyeyemi, corp marshal, Federal Roads Safety Corps (FRSC), according to the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association, the organisers of the event.
It listed in a statement stakeholders supporting the event as the NADDC, Toyota Nigeria Limited, Coscharis Motors, Weststar, CFAO Motors, Autochek Africa, OMAA, Jet Systems, Kojo Motors (Yutong) and the FRSC.
It stated that the one-day training programme would educate participants and indeed Nigerians on what the global shift to electric and gas as an alternative to petrol is all about and the opportunities and challenges for the country.
After the declaration of the programme open and presentations by the NADDC DG, who has been on the driver’s seat of Nigeria’s new thinking towards the use of electric and gas to move vehicles and other automobiles as a cheap alternative to fossil fuel, local auto assemblers of electric vehicles and gas-powered vehicles are expected to give technical presentations of their operations in the country.
Presentations will be made by Stallion Motors, assemblers of the Hyundai Kona electric vehicle in Lagos, OMAA Global, assemblers of the OMAA gas-powered range of buses at Igbo-Ukwu in Anambra State and Jet Systems Limited, assemblers of the JetMover range buses that runs on electric.
It would be recalled that Ford Motors South Africa (FMCSA) in collaboration with Coscharis Motors, its local franchisee, led sponsors of the first and second editions held in 2016 and 2017, while Nissan Motors South Africa (NMSA) followed the following year.

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Contractor begins 72-hour closure of Lagos-Ibadan Expressway section

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• FG dismisses three-month closure reports
By Dada Jackson

Julius Berger Nigeria Plc will today close a section of the Lagos-Ibadan Expressway, expected to last for 72 hours, the Federal Controller of Works, Lagos, Mr OluKayode Popoola, has said.
He said the closure around the Sagamu Interchange was to enable the contractor to carry out a major construction work – laying of a beam on the flyover.
According to him, there will be diversions of traffic for period (72 hours) from Makun Sagamu overpass (bridge).
He dismissed the earlier reports that the road would be closed for three months for the construction work.
He spoke on the issue to newsmen while on an inspection of the flyover, preparatory to the placing of the beam on the bridge.
Popoola advised motorists to adhere to traffic regulations and slow down as they approached the diversion points to avoid crashes and gridlock.
He said diversion would be for 400 metres before and another 400 metres after the diversion points.
The federal controller said that the ministry was working with all the relevant traffic regulatory agencies such as road safety, police and Ogun State traffic agency to manage traffic on that route.
He assured motorists and members of the public that the Federal Government and the contractor were working so hard to complete the work on expressway by next year.

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