Jordan sees 40% hiked sales of electric cars

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Electric vehicle charging. (Photo: Envato Elements)
AMMAN — Fuel price hikes, new supply lines and the stability in electric car prices sparked a 40 percent increase in electric car sales since the beginning of 2022.اضافة اعلان

Salameh Al-Jabali, president of the Jordan Automobile Agents and Automotive Parts, attributed the increased sales on ”multiple factors”, which include the recent increase in oil derivatives and since the automobile market is still recovering from the repercussions of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“All automobile sales are increasing this year,” he said. “We cannot link the increase in demand for electric cars only to the hike in oil prices, since its effect is still not felt in the market.”

“The numbers show an increase in demand for diesel cars as well,” Jabali added.

Mohammad Al-Bustanji, president of the Jordanian Free Zones Association, said the main reason for the increase in demand is the new supply line from China, which was initiated in June 2021.

He said vehicle imports from China significantly impacted the demand because Chinese cars have many attractive features that appeal to customers.

Another reason for the hike in demand is the cost, Bustanji added.

He said that electric car prices are stable, compared to hybrid cars, which saw an increase in customs’ private tax at the beginning of 2022, reaching 55 percent compared with 45 percent last year.

He said the tax on electric cars remained unchanged, at 10 percent.

Assaf Abdel-Ghani, owner of Assaf Cars Showroom, told Jordan News that demand for electric cars is increasing.  “People are more invested in buying electric cars than hybrid cars, but there is still some hesitation in regards to the availability of parts in the market,” Abdel-Ghani explained.

When asked if the infrastructure is available and ready for electric cars in Jordan, Jabali of the automobile agents confirmed that charging stations are available in many areas.

“A lot of the gas stations have electric car charging points installed, and you can even find it now on the desert highway road to Aqaba,” Jabali said.

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