Muscat, The Authority for Electricity Regulation (AER) today organized a press conference during which it discussed the recommendations and proposals related to the adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) in the Sultanate. It explained the most important points in the report issued by the Authority in 2018 on global best practices for the adoption of light EVs in the local market.

Qais bin Saud al-Zakwani, AER Executive Directorw explained, AER looked in 2018 for the best practices in the world in the field of using electric vehicles. This technology is a modern technology that requires to have a regulatory framework. AER issued its report in 2018 regarding EVs and it updated its data in 2019 in this regard".

He added, The main challenges facing the use of EVs in the Sultanate is the cost as the cost of such vehicles is high. It is expected that the cost of EVs by 2020 and 2021 will be affordable to users in the Sultanate in terms of prices.

He explained that coordination is currently underway with the Royal Oman Police (RAO) and the Ministry of Commerce and Industry in terms of specifications and standards, noting that AER is seeking to remove all obstacles that limit the use of EVs, in cooperation with the concerned authorities.

Ahmed bin Hamad al-Maghdari, Engineer at AER said that with regard to specifications and standards, AER, in coordination with the Ministry of Commerce and Industry, is coordinating with the GCC Standardization Organization on the preparation of standard specifications for EVs at the level of the GCC states. He pointed out that 80 percent of the charge of EVs will be from homes and that there are some agencies have taken initiatives to provide parking and priority for EVs.

Source: Oman News Agency