Innoson Vehicle Manufacturing Company Ltd (IVM), Nnewi, last weekend gave a big boost to Nigeria’s quest for alternative automotive fuel, with the commissioning of a range of vehicles that run on Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) and Liquified Natural Gas (LNG).
The gas-powered vehicles included long intra-city buses; heavy duty truck heads; and a 1.5 litre passenger car produced by the first indigenous automaker.
The vehicles were commissioned by Otunba Francis Meshioye, the President of the Manufacturers Association of Nigeria (MAN), who led a delegation of the association’s leaders to the fast-expanding plant in Nnewi in Anambra State.
Chief Innocent Chukwuma, the Chairman, Innoson Group, while giving an insight into the project at the commissioning ceremony, said his company realised the fact that the automotive fuel of the future was gas, mainly because of its economic advantages and environment-friendliness.
Chukwuma said the commissioning was a testament to the fact that Innoson was making Nigeria a hub for automobile manufacturing in Africa.
He added: “I observed that normal diesel and petrol are very expensive now in Nigeria. So, we have to find an alternative. This is to also ensure that the purchase of vehicles is made easier and their maintenance less costly This way, the average Nigerians can afford to buy vehicles and operate them with ease.
“We have now l ventured into LNG, CNG-powered vehicles and are also trying to do electric vehicles. Electric vehicles, as well as LNG and CNG-powered vehicles are the future. The durability and running cost of these vehicles are comparatively better. They have been tested and found reliable, just that many people don’t know about it yet.”