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Adnoc Distribution plans to open 15 to 20 new fuel stations this year

Adnoc Distribution targets 200 EV stations this year

Adnoc Distribution, the UAE’s largest fuel and convenience retailer, is planning to more than double the number of fast electric vehicle (EV) charging stations as part of its five-year expansion strategy. The company has 90 fast EV charging points and aims to reach 150-200 by the end of the year, the UAE state-run Wam news […]

EV charger network UAE

UAE to roll out countrywide EV fast charger network

The UAE is speeding up the expansion of its electric vehicle charger infrastructure in support of the energy transition, the shift from fossil-based systems of energy production. UAEV, a joint venture between the Ministry of Energy and Infrastructure and Etihad Water and Electricity that was announced on Monday, intends to build a network of high-performance […]

A Geely Galaxy E8 electric vehicle at Auto China 2024. Geely is one of the most popular Chinese car brands in the Gulf

Chinese carmakers ‘taking Gulf by storm’

Chinese carmakers now claim a sizeable chunk of new car sales in the Gulf and it is likely they will increase their market share further by wooing regional consumers through their vehicles’ innovative designs and perceived value for money. That is the prediction of Amir Khurshid, CEO of Saudi Arabia’s ThinkDirect Automotive Consulting and an […]

Emirates Global and Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development plan to develop a factory that can produce electric buses and trucks

Deal signed to build electric bus factory in Abu Dhabi

Abu Dhabi is planning a factory to manufacture and build electric buses and trucks. The Abu Dhabi Department of Economic Development has signed an agreement with Emirates Global Industries, part of Alfahim Group, for the project. The agreement also includes plans to establish manufacturing facilities to meet the anticipated growth in demand for energy storage […]

Lucid cut the price of its flagship Air model in February by as much as 10 percent

Lucid cuts electric car prices but posts higher revenue

Saudi-backed US electric vehicle maker Lucid reported first-quarter revenue above analysts’ estimates this week as it sets to produce more cars this year but selling at cheaper prices to spur sales.  The Nasdaq-listed EV company had cut prices of its flagship Air sedans in February by up to 10 percent, as customers globally began to […]

Robots on the production line of an EV factory in Guangzhou, China. Saudi Arabia has yet to open its first EV manufacturing facility

EV imports rise in Saudi Arabia, but only to 779 cars

Saudi imports of electric vehicles rose sharply in 2023 – but to a total of just 779 EVs, despite government hopes that it can become a green economy leader through the manufacture and use of electric cars. The kingdom imported only 210 EVs in 2022, showing the mountain it has to climb to realise ambitions […]

US company Albemarle controls 20% of the world's lithium market but Gulf companies have their sights set on production too

Lithium’s highs and lows – and what they mean for the Gulf

For one of the world’s most critical minerals, the past two years have been the best of times and the worst of times. First, lithium prices shot skywards, hitting around $80,000 per metric tonne in 2022 amid fears that global supply would not meet demand. Then, in just a year, the soft, silvery-white metal lost […]

Lucid Group CEO Peter Rawlinson at the Los Angeles Auto Show. The company announced a 40% year-on-year sales increase

Lucid price cuts result in record EV sales

The Saudi-backed US electric vehicle (EV) maker Lucid set a new quarterly sales record for its luxury models in the first quarter of 2024.  Shares in Lucid, which has funding from the kingdom’s Public Investment Fund (PIF), rose by 3 percent on Tuesday after it announced the delivery of almost 2,000 Lucid Air models. The […]

A Togg EV on display at a Turkish mall. The company is manufacturing a fully electric SUV at its facility in Bursa province

Homegrown Togg dominates EV sales in Turkey

Turkey’s domestic electric vehicle (EV) brand Togg dominated sales within the country during the first quarter of 2024.  Togg achieved sales of 4,145 units, state-owned Anadolu Agency reported, quoting data from the Automotive Distributors and Mobility Association. EV sales surged by 276 percent to 14,158 units during the quarter ended March 31, 2024. Consequently, the share […]

Statevolt factory rendering

US battery manufacturer to build $3bn factory in Rakez

The American battery manufacturer Statevolt is to construct a $3 billion factory in Ras Al Khaimah.  Statevolt Emirates, as the venture will be known, will generate up to 2,500 jobs at its 60 hectare facility in Al Ghail Industrial Zone in Ras Al Khaimah Economic Zone (Rakez).  The manufacturing facility is “strategically focused on key […]

second-hand EV Tesla

UAE motorists fuelling demand for second-hand EVs

Demand for second-hand electric vehicles in the UAE may be in its infancy but it is accelerating fast as more people turn to the environmentally friendly option. Electric vehicles (EVs) now account for around 1 percent of the UAE’s used car market and a little over 1 percent of all cars in the country, according […]

energy strategy Aramco Amin Nasser

Energy transition strategy ‘visibly failing’, says Aramco CEO

Saudi Aramco’s chief executive believes the current global energy transition strategy is “visibly failing on most fronts” and needs an urgent reset.   Despite $9.5 trillion of investment in the past two decades, other energy sources have still not scaled up sufficiently to offer an alternative to hydrocarbons, Amin Nasser told the CERAWeek by S&P Global […]

flying cars aqir taxi commute Dubai Abu Dhabi

Air taxi makers promise Dubai-Abu Dhabi commute in 30 minutes

Flying cars could cut the commute between Dubai and Abu Dhabi to 30 minutes next year after a deal between Archer Aviation of the US and the UAE’s Falcon Aviation. Under the agreement, the two will develop air taxi vertiports at the Falcon heliport at Atlantis the Palm in Dubai and the Marina Mall heliport […]

The assembly line at a Stellantis plant in Italy. The company has factories in Algeria, Morocco and Egypt

Stellantis hails Middle East and Africa sales surge

Multinational car maker Stellantis has announced that its 2023 Middle East and Africa revenues grew by 64 percent year on year to more than $11.5 billion. Stellantis is one of the world’s biggest automakers – its brands include Alfa Romeo, Chrysler, Citroën, Peugeot and Vauxhall. It said shipments to the region totalled 616,100, up 43 […]

Kezad and Titan executives sign the deal for the lithium processing plant, described as a 'turning point' for the UAE's EV strategy

Abu Dhabi plans lithium plant to support EV growth

A $1.4 billion lithium processing plant is being planned in Abu Dhabi by Kezad Group and Titan Lithium, a UAE-based company, to support the region’s fledgling electric vehicle (EV) industry. Kezad (Khalifa Economic Zones Abu Dhabi) and Titan have signed a 50-year land lease agreement for the AED5 billion plant. The plant, to be developed […]

There are many steps from mining iron ore to a car rolling off the production line but Saudi Arabia plans to cover them all car being made manufacturing car EV electric vehicle

Saudi Arabia joins the dots from minerals to manufacturing

Consider for a moment how many different steps there are between digging a lump of iron ore out of the ground in Mauritania and pressing the starter button on a new electric vehicle (EV) in Riyadh. The ore must be mined, concentrated, combined with other elements, put through a furnace, a casting machine, cold- or […]

Dubai has recorded an increase in the use of EVs since 2015, with the numbers reaching 25,929 by the end of 2023

Dubai records 59% surge in EV charging sessions in 2023

Dubai recorded a 59 percent year-on-year increase in electric vehicle (EV) charging sessions last year, as green mobility rapidly accelerates in the emirate. The EV green charger initiative recorded 1,145,427 charging sessions in 2023, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said in a statement.   Through this initiative, the Dubai utility provider provided 23419.821 megawatt hours (MWh) of […]

HummingbirdEV commercial vehicles in use. The US company said establishing itself in the UAE is a priority

US commercial EV company to launch UAE factory

Californian commercial electric vehicle manufacturer HummingbirdEV has announced plans to establish a micro-factory in the UAE.  The highly automated manufacturing facility aims to accelerate adoption of commercial electric vehicles (EV) in the Middle East and North Africa, southeast Asia and India. HummingbirdEV said the factory will produce commercial EVs for an existing e-commerce customer as […]

Lucid's factory in Saudi Arabia's King Abdullah Economic City will have the capacity to assemble 5,000 vehicles per annum in the first phase

Saudi’s Maaden unit strikes deal with EV maker Lucid

A subsidiary of the Saudi Arabian Mining Company (Maaden) has signed an agreement to supply aluminium sheets to US electric vehicle maker Lucid Motors. Maaden Rolling Company signed the deal with Lucid – which is 60.2 percent owned by Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund – during the Future Minerals Forum in Riyadh. The deal will […]

Saudi minister of industry and mineral resources Bandar Al-Khorayef at the inauguration of Lucid Motor's first EV manufacturing plant in Saudi Arabia

Cobalt refinery to support Saudi EV ambitions

A European mining company has announced plans to develop a refinery in Saudi Arabia to process cobalt hydroxide into cobalt sulphate, which is used in electric vehicle (EV) batteries. Luxembourg-based Eurasian Resources Group (ERG) said the project aims to strengthen its position as a strategic supplier to the chemicals sector, particularly in batteries for EVs. […]