The University of Lagos (UNILAG) has on Thursday 24th June, 2021, tested it newly developed zero emission electric car. ayokinews.com reports
The new technology innovation was made known by the Deputy Vice-chancellor (Academic and Research), Professor Oluwole Familoni, who noted that the innovation is part of the university’s (UNILAG) efforts towards creating a green environment by reducing the amount of toxic emission in the air.
He also stated that the electric car named UNILAG ZEV is a 63% hardware and 100% software home-made (Akoka content) mechatronics automobile device.
The UNILAG ZEV was test driven around the university’s campus by a student working with the team.
Speaking to NAN on the newly developed electric car, Prof. Familoni said, “In concept, the UNILAG ZEV team developed an adaptive and reprogrammable power train (drive) system.
“Although the drive train functionality is presently exhibited with six-passenger Sport Utility Shuttle Van platform, it can be reconfigured to support 18-seater commuter bus.
“In its exhibition form, the drive train Energy Management System (EMS) is programmed to deliver ultra-low-power supply to realise maximum range per battery charging cycle at campus shuttling speed of less than 20km//hour
“On highways, during intra or inter–city transits, the EMS is programmed to adaptively overwrite the shuttling mode and still minimise energy consumption.
“These user-specific features are absent on assembled imported Completely Knocked Down (CKD) components of electric vehicles that have been reported in Nigeria to date.”
The UNILAG ZEV is a noiseless zero emission and fully electric car, which was built by a team that comprises of some staffs and students at the faculty of engineering.
Commenting on the new development, UNILAG’s Vice-Chancellor, Prof. Oluwatoyin Ogundipe, commended the team for a good job well done while also reiterating the institution’s support for advanced technological research.