Range anxiety and the impatient nature of the average Nigerian.
Since electric vehicles began to debut over 10 years ago, there has been a major debate over how long it takes to charge an electric vehicle versus filling up your gas tank. It takes an average of 5 to 10 minutes to fill up your tank depending on your tank capacity and also, pay for the fuel you purchased, this scenario is only valid during non-scarcity times and 2 to 3 hrs.’ during scarcity periods. Most EV charging is done at with the use of home charging kits that come on request when buying electric cars, you can add as much 500 km of range using a 6 to 8 hrs.’ charging run at home.
The advent of different car charging equipment from the J1722 American standard to the EU’s IEC 61851 has brought about different levels of charging infrastructure which will help advance deployment of fast charging stations and home chargers in Nigeria, this is putting into retrospect our nominal standard voltage rate of 220v.
Level 1 and Level 2 charging is mostly found on home kits and can take as much 6 to 8 hrs.’ to charge a vehicle to 80% rate depending on the battery capacity as they make use of the EV’s embedded charging unit.
Level 3 and Level 4 charging infrastructure can get your car up to 80% rate within 1 to 3 hrs.’ because they bypass the on board charging unit in the car and have different voltage boasting capabilities like DC chargers and are mostly found in public places or EV public charging stations.
VOLTAEV’s charging infrastructure plan
The life line of our EV is in our ability to build and increase the spread of our charging stations within close proximity of its customers to avert complete battery drain during use.
VoltaEV plans to install 150 to 220 level 3 public charging infrastructure within the next 5 years in major cities in Nigeria and over 1000 charging stations, this will also be accompanied with level 1 charging home kits that will come with every VoltaEV Quantum1 sold.
Every 100% owned VoltaEV charging station will have mini cinemas and games lobby with partnerships from quick service restaurants while shared infrastructures will only possess waiting lobbies.
What does this mean for your pocket?
Basically if your fuel spend runs between NGN 10,000 to NGN 25,000 monthly you will spend approximately NGN 3,000 to NGN 6,000 Monthly charging your Quantum1 that’s when using our charging stations, But that figure changes if you are only using our home kit, which also has solar charging abilities then your monthly spend on charging your Quantum1 will be Zero “NGN 0”.
Also every Quantum1 has a 120km range extender which can be detached and taken into an office, home or public place for charging.
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