JELANI ALIYU IS THE NIGERIAN GENIUS WHO DESIGNED GENERAL MOTORS FLAGSHIP ELECTRIC VEHICLE, THE CHEVY VOLT
Yes! It is an electric car. Regarded around the world as the most fuel-efficient car in the market today. Mr Jelani's dream started out when he was a kid and he held long in him a desire to design cars when he grew up. While it is not the only electric vehicle, as there is the Nissan Leaf and the Tesla Model S, it has however since 2010, recorded a sale (higher than its rivals) of more than 150,000 units in the United States and Canada making the Chevrolet Volt cumulatively the best-selling plug-in electrified vehicle in both countries.
To think he was going to initially study architecture but instead opted for a scholarship from the Sokoto State Government, his brilliant idea, hardwork and skills have gone ahead to fetch his creation numerous awards including: including the 2009 Green Car Vision Award, 2011 Green Car of the Year, 2011 North American Car of the Year, 2011 World Green Car, 2012 European Car of the Year, and 2016 Green Car of the Year.
Born in 1966 in Kaduna State and raised in Sokoto state, Nigeria, he is the 5th of 7 children. Jelani who is currently the Senior and Lead Exterior Designer at General Motors, won a 4-year scholarship as earlier stated from his state government and moved to Detroit, Michigan in 1990 to study auto design at the College for Creative Studies. During this time, he won two design awards from both Ford Motor Company and Michelin. In 1994, he began his career with the design staff of General Motors, the world's largest automobile maker, and initially worked on the Buick Rendezvous and the Pontiac G6. In 1997, he participated in a 10-month auto engineering competition that he won, this was the advent of a hybrid, eco-friendly vehicle that uses a gas engine to produce additional electricity.