Increasing gasoline prices likely to prompt higher demand for electric cars

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AMMAN — Demand for electric vehicles is expected to rise, considering a rise in gasoline prices, experts predicted Wednesday, according to Hala News.اضافة اعلان

Jihad Abu Naseer, representative of the Jordan Free Zones Investors Commission, said that customs clearance of electric vehicles has sharply risen to unprecedented levels since the beginning of the year.

In May, clearance on electric vehicles shot up by 200 percent, in comparison to the same period last year. He said the upward trend is likely to continue in the coming months.

He attributed that sharp demand on the hike in gasoline prices.

Abu Nasser projected continued growth in Jordan’s electric vehicle market, given the taxes on hybrid and petrol vehicles, compared with electric vehicles.

Energy expert Hashim Aqel said the increased clearance “is a clear indication of the conviction of Jordanians to acquire electric cars as an alternative to fuel-run vehicles”.

He said the fuel price hikes is a “problem which threw many Jordanians off, forcing them to search for alternatives such as electric cars, which save a lot in terms of spare parts prices and moving away from oil derivatives.”

Aqel asserted that the current global trend is moving towards electric cars, given the high demand in various countries, especially in Europe and the US.

With the increased demand and expected rise in sale of electric vehicles, the government should set up charging points inside and outside cities, a move which will potentially encourage people to acquire such vehicles, he added.

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