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Monday, August 7, 2017

Tesla’s New Electric is Trouble For Nigeria And Even Mechanics


Tesla has launched a new electric car called “Model 3” which is tagged as the cheapest electric car in the market so far. The features of “Model 3”, if it lives up to the hype, should be of big concern to Nigeria’s future as an oil dependent country and interestingly also to the future of roadside mechanics.


A battery that can go for as far as 310 miles on a single charge powers the new “Model 3”. This is enough for you to drive all the way from Lagos to Benin and then back to Ore before needing to charge your car battery again. A 30-minute charge on the base range of “Model 3” will deliver 130-mile drive.


For in-city driving, you could probably use it for a whole week, before bordering to recharge your battery again. Just imagine the amount that a “Model 3” owner will save on fuel, which is great news for the car owner, but bad news for an oil dependent country like Nigeria, that earns 70 percent of its revenues and 90 percent of its foreign exchange from exporting an average of two million barrels of crude oil a day.


In fact, some studies note that oil dependent countries like Nigeria have until 2030 to cut their oil dependency or run into problems as fuel powered cars slowly become obsolete and battery-powered cars become dominant on the road.  The Managing Director of Shell recently said that his next car would be an electric car. He is clearly reading the handwriting on the wall for fuel-powered cars and oil dependent countries like Nigeria.


But roadside mechanics also have to watch out if “Model 3” and cars like it becomes popular. Model 3 promises a million miles of ride before you are required to do the first service of the car. Compare that with the about 5,000 miles for many fuel powered cars and you understand why road mechanics have to watch out for electric cars. The technology of electric cars will not give room for too many visits to the roadside mechanic.


But Model 3 is still a bit too expensive to go mainstream for now. The base price for a “Model 3” is US$35,000, which is about N13 million. The price could go as high as US$57,000 or N21 million, if the buyer wants more options.


Even if you can afford it, production is limited for now with more than 500,000 orders to be met over the next one year even as production is still quite slow. Those who place their order now, will only get their cars by end of 2018. However, “Model 3” foretells the future of the car, as we know it. And the future is not too far away because electric cars have been getting cheaper each year as auto manufacturers compete to get a foothold in the future. BUSINESSDAY.

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