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Saudi Arabia To Build 150,000 EVs Annually By 2026

In a bid to cut dependence on oil production and meet sustainable goals, the Kingdom will utilize its 61% share of startup Lucid Motors.

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Although Saudi Arabia is well-known as one of the world’s largest oil producers, the Kingdom has recently unveiled plans to build and export electric vehicles.

As part of the country’s “Vision 2030” strategy, the oil-rich nation will export over 150,000 EVs in 2026 to meet emissions targets and continue building a stable economy.

Although oil accounts for over 50% of Saudi Arabia’s GDP, the government is keen to diversify the economy to avoid market volatility and keep the nation’s industrial output current in a post-carbon world.

The move comes as countries worldwide continue to reduce carbon emissions and their reliance on fossil fuels. 2022 is turning out to be a record year for renewables, with research indicating that alternative energy sources entirely covered rising global energy demands in the first half of the year.

As this trend is almost certain to continue, Saudi Arabia aims to reduce its reliance on oil production dramatically, lowering the percentage of GDP from oil from 50% to 17%.

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Saudi Arabia recently hit the headlines after its decision with OPEC+ to cut oil production, and now the nation is aiming its sights on a new market with EVs. Earlier this year, the Kingdom announced that it had committed to purchasing 50,000+ EVs from Lucid Motors after Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund (PIF) invested over $1 billion in the EV startup in 2018, resulting in a 61% stake in the company.

According to Khalid Al-Faith, Minister of Investments, construction begins at Lucid’s EV manufacturing plant in May 2023.

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Initial Trials Of Dubai’s Driverless Evocargo Trucks Completed

Testing was announced on July 17, and the completion is a major milestone towards upgrading the region’s logistics infrastructure.

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A Dubai-based company has completed the initial trials for the UAE’s first driverless trucks. The groundbreaking achievement by Evocargo, partnering with Dubai South, took place at Dubai South Logistics District, and marked a significant step towards incorporating autonomous technologies into the region’s wider logistics infrastructure.

Announced on Wednesday, July 17th, the trials featured the Evocargo N1 unmanned electric truck navigating a predetermined route within a controlled setting. The test involved interactions with common road obstacles such as cars, trucks, and pedestrians, aiming to evaluate the vehicle’s hardware and software reliability, accident prevention systems, and overall readiness for public road use.

Officials were keen to highlight that this accomplishment aligns with the UAE’s ambitious strategy to position itself as a global leader in innovation and technology adoption. The country aims to have 25% of all transportation in Dubai autonomous by 2030, underscoring its commitment to revolutionizing the logistics sector using advanced technologies.

Mohsen Ahmad, CEO of the Logistics District at Dubai South, emphasized the importance of the collaboration with Evocargo in enhancing the region’s logistics capabilities. He noted that autonomous vehicles are set to increase efficiency, reduce carbon emissions, and establish a sustainable logistics infrastructure that will benefit both Dubai and the wider UAE.

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Ahmed Al-Ansi, CEO of Evocargo Autonomous Logistic Services, also expressed optimism that the trials will draw new customers and investments across the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) countries. The partnership aims to lead in innovative tech solutions, further establishing the UAE as a pioneer in autonomous transportation.

The successful completion of the trials marks a crucial step towards realizing the UAE’s vision for a technologically advanced and sustainable future in which autonomous vehicles are expected to play a pivotal role in global logistics.

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