Jet Systems Limited, assembler of Jet brand of vehicles in Nigeria, on December 1, joined the ivy league of vehicle manufacturers impacting the African environment when it received from the Nigeria Auto Journalists Association (NAJA) an award for Electric Vehicle (EV) promoter of the year.
This recognition, which comes just a few years after its entry into the Nigerian auto market, was announced at the NAJA award held in Lagos.
The organisers of the event said the award was bestowed on Jet Systems Limited for its efforts at building very functional, strong and durable electric vehicles, not just in response to the government’s policy but as a strategic investment towards building international capacity to contain global warming through less dependence on fossil fuel.
The leadership at Jet Motor told newsmen at the event that the JET EVs were products of many years of quiet but intensive research, which are already positively impacting the experience of African auto users.
Sanjay Rupani, JET Motor’s director of sales and marketing, said the firm’s other product, the JET Mover, a luxury, durable, yet affordable minibus built specifically for African roads, had also received tremendous reviews by industry watchers and users.
According to Sanjay Rupani, “The JET Mover EV is a combination of the best in design and technology practises from Europe and Asia, tropicalised for Africa. The shock absorbers are stronger than average, ground clearance is higher and tyre sizes are bigger. Generally, our testing has led us to see what is best for the Nigerian and African market and that is what we have built with JET Mover Evs.”
Also speaking on the side-line of one of its product presentations, Oluwemimo Joseph, the company’s strategy/projects head and chief financial officer, said: “For now, we are not as focused on profitability as we are on becoming the first truly Nigerian brand delivering on quality and affordability. The JET Mover currently offers more value for money than the closet competition.
“Our current EV prototypes can be driven for over 300 kilometres on a single charge.”
Recently, Jet Systems Limited struck a partnership with GIG Logistics (GIGL) to supply over 50 JET electric vehicles in 2 years, with GIGL pickup centres in Lagos and Benin serving as charging points. JET Systems also only recently closed a private round of financing from the Canadian-based Africa Development Capital, Greatmand Legend, as well as a number of Asian investors.