Mideast’s 1st electric car to be built in Oman
By staff - Wed Jul 20, 1:31 pm
“Nur Majan” is the name of the first electric car made in the sultanate of Oman. Sultan Al Amery, owner of the Nur company, has obtained a concession from Oman’s Ministry of Industry and Commerce to build the first electric car in the sultanate for 42 million USD, the website Middle East Online reports. The factory, which will be opened in January next year, will have a production capacity of 120 cars per year, Al Amery specifies.
After testing, the first vehicle will be taken apart and shipped to Hong Kong in order to prepare the industrial moulds.
From Hong Kong the car will be shipped, in 693 parts, to the U.S. where the electric motor is produced, to Germany for its cables and to Japan for its chassis. The production line will be ready in 2014, and halfway that year it will make 20 units, which will be distributed locally as well as overseas: to the U.S. for crash tests and to several international car shows. The electric car will be made in three versions: the luxury version which will cost around 30 thousand Oman riyal (around 55 thousand euros), the ‘light’ version for 10 thousand Oman riyal and the “rent” version, for less than 10 thousand riyal. The vehicle will have a range of around 3 thousand kilometers before it has to be charged again, at a cost of 2 Oman riyal.
The company will build its factory in Barka and plans to produce around 120 cars annually at a total cost of RO 16.2 million.
The electrically powered vehicle to be made by the company will be environment-friendly. It will need its first maintenance only after 21 years from the time of purchase, CEO claimed.
The car can go from zero km to 100 kms in 4 seconds and gets 3,600 kilometres per charge. The cooling system is operable 24 hours a day by solar cell panels.
After the company starts manufacturing, three cars will be sent to Florida for safety testing and certification, the CEO said.