Nissan unveils Ariya, its new 100% electric SUV

At a recent online conference, Nissan unveiled the Ariya, its new electric car. With a range of 483 kilometers, it will be sold in 2021 starting at $ 40,000.

Nissan finally returns to the 100% electric vehicle, almost ten years after the Nissan Leaf. In a remote conference, the Japanese automaker presented its new electric SUV, Nissan Ariya. This vehicle will be marketed in Japan in the spring of 2021 and then in North America at the end of 2021. Equipped with two to four-wheel drive, it is armed with an estimated range of 482.8 kilometers and will equipped, under the hood, with a 63 kWh or 87 kWh battery of your choice. With the Ariya, Nissan is betting on discretion and sobriety - a bit like Arya Stark from Game of Thrones, whose name unintentionally evokes. The interior of its cabin is proof: its dashboard is only adorned with two rectangular screens of 12.3 inches each. The vehicle is of course connectable to other mobile devices, tha…

Côte d'Ivoire: AfDB finances the electrification of 1,300 rural localities

This new electrification operation which is part of this "Prosper I" project will bring the national coverage rate to 100%. The Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB) approved last week a loan of 62.3 million euros to Côte d'Ivoire to finance the first phase of the project to strengthen the works of the system and access to electricity called "Posper I".

AfDB finances the electrification of 1,300 rural localities

"The completion of the four-year project will allow the connection to the electricity network of 1,388 localities, of which 1,039 (75%) have less than 500 inhabitants and so far not affected by the first operations financed by the Bank and other development partners ”, explains the Pan-African bank in a press release.

The electrification of the 1,388 localities within the framework of this project will bring the national coverage rate to 100%, according to the ADB. The 1,388 localities are distributed in particular in the districts of Comoé, Denguelé, Sassandra, or even Yamoussoukro and Zanzan. In total, nearly 797,000 inhabitants will benefit from it.

The Bank also recalls that it is "planned to give access to electricity to nearly 114,000 households under the social conditions of the Electricity for All Program (PEPT) of Côte d'Ivoire".

"[…] With this project, the populations will not simply see the power lines pass over their homes, the project will also finance the connection costs of thousands of households in order to give them effective access to electricity", explains Marie Laure Akin Olugbade, Managing Director for West Africa for the Bank.

2.1 billion euros in commitments
As a reminder, the Prosper I project is part of the National Rural Electrification Program (Proner) which aims, among other things, to strengthen the country's energy capacities and improve the living conditions of the populations. It plans to build 6,460 km of 33 kV lines, 3,419 km of low voltage lines and 1,394 rural distribution stations.

Prosper I has been added to the 37 projects in the Bank’s portfolio in Côte d'Ivoire for a total commitment of 2.1 billion euros. This portfolio is dominated by transport and energy infrastructures, which represented 72% of commitments at the end of last January.