About Technical University of Munich
The Technische Universität München (TUM) [Technische Universitaet Muenchen] is a research university with campuses in Munich, Garching, and Weihenstephan.
TUM, being among the highest acclaimed universities in Germany, is affiliated with 16 Nobel Laureates including Gerhard Ertl who in 2007 received the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.
The university has a sound international reputation and was ranked 2nd in Germany, 16th in Europe and 58th in the world (overall) and in Engineering & Technology 1st in Germany, 9th in Europe and 36th in the world by the QS World University Rankings.
- Industry: Education, Research, and Development
- Research Goals: Engaged kpakpakpa to assist with the evaluation of the challenges involved with the production of an electric car – the “aCar” – in Nigeria.
- Results: TUM’s research team received the quality local insights it needed to properly evaluate the feasibility of local production of an electric car in Nigeria, guiding its on-going research efforts with the development of an African electric vehicle.
Kpakpakpa provided monthly one-hour long consultations over a 4-month period to two graduate research associates, providing details about the major challenges of car production in the Nigerian market.
The engagement included:
- A detailed understanding of the local car production landscape in Nigeria.
- An evaluation of the major challenges associated with manufacturing a vehicle in Nigeria.
- A comparison of the benefits of local production vs. importation of vehicles into the market.
- An overview of the challenges with skill development and training across industries in Nigeria.
- Assistance with the listing of agencies and credible news sources that provide information about spurring local automotive production.
- An understanding of the distribution and regulatory landscape in relation to trade in the automotive industry.
- Tariff structure for vehicles, automotive parts, including policy incentives for SKDs (Semi knocked-down) and CKDs (Completeknocked-downs) to promote local automotive manufacturing.
The engagement was detailed and stretched-out to allow TUM researchers to get information on an on-going basis and allow them to formulate new questions and hypothesis that would facilitate the development and prototypes for their final product.
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