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RIYADH: The Saudi Energy Ministry, in cooperation with other government agencies, announced on Sunday that it has completed all legislative and technical aspects to regulate the electric vehicle charging market, according to the news agency saudi.

The team includes the Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs, Ministry of Transport and Logistics, Ministry of Commerce, Saudi Electricity Co. and King Abdullah Petroleum Studies and Research Center, among others.

The move will bolster job creation in the Kingdom and contribute to its green initiative to achieve net zero carbon by 2060.

The regulatory team will monitor and track activity to ensure investors comply with infrastructure requirements for electric vehicle charging stations, SPA reported.

Imports of electric vehicle charging equipment were allowed in 2020, said Saad Alkasabi, governor of the Saudi Organization for Standards, Metrology and Quality.

Durability at heart

As part of Riyadh’s sustainable development strategy, the Royal Commission for Riyadh launched an initiative last year to ensure that 30% of all vehicles in the capital would be powered by electricity by 2030.

Fahd Al-Rasheed, CEO of the Royal Commission for the City of Riyadh, told Arab News earlier that they aim to be a global steward of environmental conservation and a global economic powerhouse focused on resource conservation.

Highlighting the Kingdom’s green economy plan, he said last year that the private sector had a vital role to play in achieving these goals, and that it would create 360,000 green jobs and raise $40 billion in investments.

The plan aimed to reduce emissions and increase the share of renewable energy to 50% by 2030.

EV infrastructure charging

Electromin, a 100% owned turnkey e-mobility solution provider under Petromin, announced in May the rollout of electric vehicle charging stations across the Kingdom.

In an earlier interview with Arab News, Petromin Group CEO Kalyana Sivagnanam said the network includes 100 locations across the Kingdom powered by a customer-centric mobile app.

Sivagnanam said the company would install most of its charging stations in Riyadh, Jeddah and Dammam and eventually branch out across the country.

Electromin’s charging network will offer a full range of services from AC chargers to fast and ultra-fast DC chargers, catering to all customer segments.

According to a statement, the chargers installed in the first phase will be compatible with all vehicles approved by the Saudi standards body using Type 2 AC connectors.

The second phase will include AC chargers and additional DC chargers up to 360 kilowatts, allowing users to add up to 100 kilometers in four minutes.

ABB E-mobility, the Swiss leader in EV infrastructure, has been instrumental in developing Saudi EV infrastructure by supplying Electromin with EV chargers to be installed at 100 service stations across the Kingdom.

The electric mobility company is the global leader in electric vehicle charging solutions and the partner of choice for some of the world’s largest electric vehicle manufacturers. After receiving approvals from the Saudi standards body, the company set up a network of chargers across the country.

According to an ABB E-mobility press note, electric vehicle sales in the country will increase, with 1.3 million electric vehicles expected to be delivered over the next eight years. There is therefore an urgent need to establish an EV ecosystem in the region that provides a one-stop electric mobility solution for EVs while monitoring and maintaining the charging station network in a flexible and efficient manner.

“Today we are significantly expanding our electric mobility footprint and sustainability goals in the country. This partnership is momentous and supports ABB’s key goals in Saudi Arabia – it shows our alignment and commitment to supporting Vision 2030 of the Kingdom,” said Fadi Alshaikh, head of electric mobility for ABB in the Kingdom, in the press note.

Additionally, to facilitate the transition from fuel to electricity for customers, Electromin has also designed an app to display all charging locations at selected Petromin Express and Petromin AutoCare outlets. It will allow customers to check charger status and fully control their charging sessions. The app will also facilitate payments and reservations.

Strengthen the manufacture of electric vehicles

The Kingdom is also leading the wave of electric vehicles by encouraging the American company Lucid Motors to establish its first electric vehicle factory in the region with an annual capacity of 150,000 zero-emission units.

It is estimated that the agreement will provide Lucid Motors with funding and incentives of up to $3.4 billion over the next 15 years to build and operate the manufacturing plant in the Kingdom.

Peter Rawlinson, CEO of Lucid Motors, told Arab News in an earlier interview that the company has a mindset aligned with the Kingdom’s Vision 2030 that could extend beyond cars. Its goal was to build a supply chain infrastructure that benefits the economy of the Kingdom.

Production will begin next year and full assembly will be ready by 2025. Located in the King Abdullah Economic City, the plant is the electric vehicle maker’s first production facility outside the United States.

Sallie R. Loera