Plans for region’s first city for EV makers


The design and construction tendering process will be during the 2011/22 fiscal year, said KPA’s general manager Yousef al-Abdullah al-Sabah. (File pic shows an EV. - Reuters)

DUBAI: Kuwait Ports Authority (KPA) has approved a proposal to build the Middle East’s first city to serve electric vehicle (EV) manufacturers, the authority said in a statement yesterday.

The statement does not make clear where the project, called EV City, will be located.

The design and construction tendering process will be during the 2011/22 fiscal year, said KPA’s general manager Yousef al-Abdullah al-Sabah.

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KPA noted that electric car makers do not use local distributors or dealers and sell their vehicles directly to consumers, adding that it was common for ports to provide certain infrastructure to manufacturers.

“KPA is able to provide all port and logistics services to the biggest global companies manufacturing electric cars,” Sabah said, adding that the project was in line with Kuwait’s Vision 2035 economic diversification plan. — Reuters

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