The Imo State polytechnic, IMOPOLY, Umuagwo, Imo Poly, and the Federal University of Technology Owerri, FUTO, in collaboration with the Technical University of Munich, TUM, Germany, are working together to manufacture the first ever African made electric car,Africar.

The management of IMOPOLY, FUTO, and representatives from TUM disclosed this at a preliminary meeting held by the collaborating Institutions at FUTO, on Tuesday, July 23,2013.

According to the planned program as disclosed by the leader of the two man team from TUM, Dr. Frank Diermeyer, the first part of the project will start in November when German students will visit Nigeria and start work with their Nigerian counterparts. They will that time familiarize themselves with the needs and situation in Nigeria to develop a concept for the vehicle that will fit the needs of the people.

This will last for two weeks before they return to Germany.

Within that interval both parties will continue to communicate and share ideas on the project. Then in May 2014, they will do a presentation on it in Germany for two weeks before the Nigerian students will come over to Germany where they will start work on the prototype. This is the first phase called the Global Drive.

The second phase will commence when the first has been successfully completed. The vehicle, according to plans and expectations of the collaborating institutions, will be tailored to suit the Nigerian geo-pysical and economic conditions.


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  1. Dat is ultimate deceit. Nigerian govt should do something about dis porousity and infilteration of western thieves and spys into d lives of Nigerians.
    Let us face reality here, what is Nigeria doing with electric car where u dnt even hav enough light to charge our phones. What economic or developmental purpose will it serve in dis present depreciating 9ja. How many of these car are they using freely in d streets of Germany. They should help d students to sustainably power Imo State first b4 deceiving us with electric car dat we dnt need.
    All these western wooing is pure ECONOMIC TERR0RISM and its high time we indegenise our lifestyle and perculiar needs in dis country. ASAP

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