The Government of Cross River State has announced its partnership with the Sirieco Company, a Slovak firm, to establish an electric car assembling plant in the state.
Mr. Groidis Peter, the Chief Executive Officer of Sirieco Company, who disclosed this when he led his team on an inspection tour of the Ayade Industrial Park, in Calabar, said the company also plans to set up a factory for the manufacture of energy-saving bulbs in the state.
To reduce over-reliance on fossil-fuel as well as protect the environment, countries of the world are looking toward alternative eco-friendly fuels to power vehicles.
Electric car use by country varies worldwide, as the adoption of plug-in electric vehicles is affected by consumer demand, market prices and government incentives.
The Governor of Cross River State, Ben Ayade told journalists shortly after a tour of the Industrial Park with the investors that “we brought them here to make a choice of a location, because we are giving them free land and also guaranteeing them three years tax exemption. We also guarantee them that once the production line is up and running, we will purchase at least 10,000 lamps per annum, which I think is enough to catalyse and energise them to commence work on site as soon as possible”.
Peter also said “after a useful deliberation with the Governor and tour of some of the projects here in this Industrial Park, I am glad to announce to you, gentlemen that we will love to build a strong working relationship with the Cross River State Government. This will culminate in the building of a hub that will be second to none in Africa”.
He added that “we are starting with Eco-Cars; electric cars and we hope to set up the car assembling plant here in this park. We are also building a factory for the manufacturing of long lasting street lamps”.