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Lagos gov unveils Nigeria´s first electric car, Hyundai Kona

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Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu, on Friday unveiled Nigeria’s first locally-assembled full electric car, Hyundai Kona, aimed at reducing pressure on use of petrol.

The Hyundai Kona car, manufactured by Stallion Group, is 100 per cent electric and comes with zero emission and can be charged both at home and workplace.

Sanwo-Olu said at the unveiling in Lagos, “The future that we see is the future of technology and this is the technology that we are talking about. This is 21st Century technology that has been brought into our country.

“With an innovation of Hyundai Kona, we do not need to put the pressure on what is the pump price of oil again.

“All the issues and fight that we are having about prices of petroleum products going up and the rest of it will be a thing of the past.”

He also said, “This is a way to go, and it is the future that we are seeing now.

“This is the first electric car that we are seeing and we as the government need to partner with them.”

Sanwo-Olu said there was a need to create an enabling environment for the company to do well, so that it could employ a lot more youths.

The governor said that with the unveiling of the Hyundai Kona electric car, youths would be employed and empowered for greater opportunities.

According to him, the state government will partner with Ibile Oil and Gas and other private organisations to create different charging points in the city, so that people will have where to charge the cars.

“For us, we see a renewed hope. For us, we see a tomorrow coming today. For us, we see and believe in the Stallion dream,” the governor said.

The governor commended the Stallion Group for believing in the Lagos and Nigeria dream, and revamping the moribund asset located along Lagos-Badagry Expressway.

In his address, the Managing Director of the Stallion Group, Rohtagi Manish, said that the innovation was a step towards an eco-friendly, green Lagos.

Manish said that the material used to assemble Nigeria’s First 100 per cent electric zero emission car was mostly sourced from local resources.

The vehicle, when fully charged for nine hours 35 minutes, can go a distance of 482km (equivalent of Lagos to Warri), before it will require charging again.

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AutoTrends: Stop driving your old crossovers, Mercedes warns, recalls ML, others

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Mercedes-Benz has asked owners of certain older crossovers to stop driving due a to corroded brake booster that could cause the brakes to fail.

The automaker said the request and corresponding recall applied to 292,287 ML-, GL-, and R-Class crossovers and SUVs from the 2006-2012 model years.

Recalls are common, but urging customers to stop driving is not,  according to thecarconnection.com.

In the affected vehicles, water exposure in the brake booster housing can cause a joint to corrode, leading to a leak in the brake system.

Brake force may also be reduced, forcing drivers to press harder on the brake pedal to decelerate and come to a stop. In rare cases, Mercedes said, it may be impossible to stop if there has been severe corrosion.

The risk of a crash or injury would increase, although Mercedes said it was aware of no known crashes or injuries related to the issue.

According to the premium brand automaker, the emergency brake pedal is not affected, and could be used in case of a regular brake pedal failure. Mercedes will provide complimentary towing of the affected vehicles to service centers.

Dealers are expected to inspect the brake booster housing and replace parts as required. If the part cannot be fixed immediately, Mercedes said it will help “coordinate an individual solution for the customer, including alternate mobility.”

 

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AutoTrends: Hyundai Sonata models face fuel leak risk

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A potential fuel hose leak in 2013 and 2014 models of Hyundai Sonata has again led to the immediate recall of the vehicles globally.

The NHTSA disclosed this, noting that the factory fault could increase the risk of a fire.

The 2013-2014 Sonata and 2013-2014 Kia Optima had previously been recalled for a fuel hose that can crack prematurely and leak fuel.

The tape and zip-tie remedy for those earlier recalls did not stick.

With the new recall, the fuel line will be replaced at no cost to owners, Hyundai states.

Without the proper fix, the leaking fuel could come in contact with a spark or ignition source that could cause a fire in the engine compartment, thecarconnection.com notes.

The recall encompasses 215,171 Sonatas. Owners may smell fuel on vehicles equipped with either the 2.0-litre turbo-4 or 2.4-litre inline-4 engines. Hyundai reported 138 incidents in the past two years of the defect, but the automaker said there were no known crashes, fires, or injuries.

Hybrid versions of both sedans from those model years were recalled for a separate fire risk.

Hyundai and sister brand Kia have issued a series of recalls for increased fire risk for a variety of reasons, ranging from a faulty electrical socket (2011-2012 vehicles) to a short circuit in the braking system (2006-2011 Elantras).

Owners will be notified by mail as early as July 5, and will be instructed to take their affected Sonata into a dealer to have the fuel feed line replaced at no charge, regardless of warranty status.

Hyundai owners who paid for fuel line repairs to address the leak will be reimbursed.

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AutoTrends: CFAO launches LOXEA Nigeria operating lease, fleet management solutions

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CFAO Motors, a subsidiary of the CFAO Group, has launched LOXEA Nigeria, offering operating lease and fleet management solutions.

Already present in 22 African countries, the auto company said with LOXEA its customers in the country could now enjoy better access to the CFAO range of products such as Mitsubishi and Suzuki cars, Fuso trucks, King Long buses, Toyota forklifts and JCB construction equipment.

General Manager of LOXEA by CFAO, Mr Philippe Lefort, said, “Partnering with LOXEA will allow companies to enjoy the inherent benefits of the CFAO network, a trusted and reliable organisation that has been providing best-in-class products and services for over 119 years in Nigeria.”

According to the company, LOXEA offers a broad range of services from regular operating leases to comprehensive fleet management and car-sharing through a web portal and mobile applications through its three pillars; LOXEA Lease, LOXEA Connect, and LOXEA Ride.

It stated, “LOXEA Lease provides rental of vehicles or equipment from 36 months to 48 months with full maintenance according to the manufacturer’s prescription, full comprehensive insurance, replacement vehicle (after 48 hours), and geolocation. The fleet management solution provides a fleet manager, Drivers 24/7, fuel card management, fleet analytics, and fleet mobility optimisation.

“Thanks to the LOXEA Connect application, customers can have access to real-time monitoring of fleet usage and behaviour.”

Lefort said, “Our goal is to establish and maintain long-term business relationships by adding value to businesses who outsource their vehicle management by ensuring their fleet is operational 24/7.”

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