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CAIRO: Egypt will begin testing electric cars on the country’s streets from July, ahead of the start of full-scale production of the vehicles from mid-2022.
Thirteen imported electric vehicles will be tested on Egyptian streets starting next month, Hisham Tawfik, Egypt’s minister of state-owned enterprises, said at the launch of the Nasr E70 electric car.
Nine of the electric cars will be tested by drivers appointed by Uber, the global ridesharing company, he added.
The Nasr E70 is expected to begin production in mid-2022 with automobile manufacturing company El Nasr, a subsidiary of the Metallurgical Industries Company of the Public Enterprise Ministry.
Tawfik said the ministry began studying the electric car production project in mid-2019 as part of its affiliates’ reform and development efforts, including the relaunch of El Nasr Automotive Company.
The project is part of the global movement towards electric cars and aligns with President Abdel Fattah El-Sisi’s guidelines to localize the manufacture of vehicles used for clean energy.
Dongfeng Corporation, one of China’s largest automakers, is a production partner of the Nasr E70 vehicle, the minister said.
An agreement between El-Nasr and Dongfeng was signed in June 2020 after months of negotiations.
The Ministry of Public Enterprise Sector recently released images of the first such electric car in the country.
El Nasr CEO Hani El-Khouly said that three types of electric car models will be available in Egypt, depending on the capacity of the battery.
The batteries will initially be manufactured in China, with production then moved to Egypt.
Testing of the imported cars will continue for up to four months under various Egyptian conditions and with different drivers.
The Nasr E70 can reach speeds of 145 km / h and travel up to 400 km on a single charge.
El-Khouly said a Chinese delegation will arrive in Egypt in July to follow up on the tests.
The government car subsidy will total around EGP 50,000 ($ 13,333) to support the local market, he said.