Jordanians switch to EVs amid high fuel prices

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AMMAN — Some additional 11,600 electric vehicles (EVs) hit the Kingdom’s roads in the first nine months of the year, up from 6,241 in the same period of 2021 as higher costs at the pump continue to reshape consumer behavior, according to the Jordan News Agency, Petra.اضافة اعلان

Official figures show that electric vehicles accounted for 30 percent of total vehicle customs clearances during the reporting period.

The number of charging stations also increased after the Energy and Minerals Sector Regulatory Commission mandated that all gas stations include electric charging stations, in addition to petrol pumps.

The demand for EVs is expected to rise even more in the upcoming year, according to Muhammad Al-Bustanji, president of the Jordanian Free Zones Investors Association.

He emphasized that this will mean more job opportunities in the spare parts and repair sector.

The switchover to EVs is a top priority for the Ministry of Environment, which aims to reduce carbon emissions through its various projects, according to Muhammad Al-Khashashneh, the ministry’s secretary-general.

Khashashneh said the transition to electric transportation is critical to reducing carbon emissions by 30 percent by 2030, as stipulated in the national climate policy and the Nationally Determined Contributions document.

In collaboration with the ministry of transport, the Greater Amman Municipality, and other stakeholders, the ministry of environment plans to operate electric buses in Amman, Petra, Irbid, Zarqa, and Madaba, he said, citing GAM’s strategy for the years 2022–2026, which calls for an investment of $2.5 million in electric charging stations. 

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