Governor Dapo Abiodun of Ogun State has unveiled a forward-thinking initiative aimed at transitioning towards sustainable energy by phasing out internal combustion engine (ICE) bikes and introducing electric bikes. In partnership with NGTSL/Spiro, the state is taking decisive action to embrace eco-friendly transportation alternatives.
To ensure the seamless integration of electric bikes, test drives have been conducted in Abeokuta, specifically on rough terrain, assessing their suitability and adaptability. A comprehensive sensitization campaign has also been undertaken, engaging key stakeholders in the transport sector, including transport unions, commercial riders, and the Ministry of Transport.
Governor Abiodun outlined the establishment of 13 swap stations for the pilot areas, with plans to deploy 250 swap stations across the state within six months. These stations will facilitate convenient battery exchanges for electric bikes, ensuring uninterrupted mobility for riders.
The Spiro commando bikes selected for this transition offer an impressive range of 70–80 kilometres per battery swap. In addition to the environmental benefits, the switch to electric bikes is expected to result in a significant 30–40% reduction in operational expenses compared to traditional ICE bikes. Moreover, electric bikes contribute to minimal noise pollution, aligning with the goal of creating a more sustainable and community-friendly transportation system.
Governor Abiodun expressed enthusiasm about the positive impacts of this initiative, emphasizing the potential for improved sustainability, cost savings, and a healthier environment. The move towards electric bikes reflects Ogun State’s commitment to embracing greener alternatives and shaping a more environmentally conscious future.