Credit By: AI-Monitor
Jordan’s electric vehicle (EV) popularity is rising due to rising petrol prices. The government’s lowering of EV import levies has opened the market, encouraging this trend. Affordable Chinese-made EVs are becoming more widespread on Amman and Jordan’s roadways. Electric vehicles appeal to Jordanians beyond environmental concerns due to financial savings in a country with high gas prices.
Shadi Zatar, an EV owner in Jordan, enjoys his Tesla, which can drive up to 400 km (250 mi) on a single charge. Zatar chose an electric automobile for cost reductions. At $1.40 a liter for Octane 90 unleaded petrol, Zatar spent 120 dinars ($170) monthly on fuel. He reduced this expense to 40 dinars, the average rise in his monthly electricity bill, by switching to an electric vehicle. This saves him a lot and lets him travel farther for free.
Jordan has 2.2 million registered automobiles, but electric vehicles are rising quickly. About 60,000 EVs are registered in the country, which is increasing rapidly. Jordan has 103% more EVs on its roadways by July than last year. EV adoption rose 167% in 2022, petrol and diesel imports fell 27%, and hybrid vehicle imports fell 25%.
Variety of EVs
Jordanians love Chinese EVs like Changin EDO EV and E-Star, BYD, Dongfeng, and MG. Additionally, the Hyundai Ionis 5 and Kona, Kia Niro, Nissan Leaf and Sylph, Volkswagen ID4, and Fiat 500 have found homes in the country. Jordanians are preferring EVs for their economic perks.
Jordan has high unemployment and national debt. The economy is struggling with 22.6% unemployment and 50% youth unemployment. Given these constraints, the cost of living influences population choices. Electric vehicles are popular in Jordan due to high petrol prices, and most Jordanians care about range. Saving money is essential in a country with high unemployment and public debt over 100% of GDP.
Aid from government
Since fuel automobile import tariffs may reach over 80%, the Jordanian government has reduced import duties to 10-15% to encourage electric vehicle usage. Many gas stations and private companies have government-licensed charging points. A fifth more government battery-powered cars were added in 2022.
Popular Chinese EVs
Chinese EVs are popular in Jordan. Dealerships like Changin Auto have seen sales rise. Changin Auto sales consultant Haytham Abu Hasan said they sell over 100 electric cars monthly, up from 60 to 70. With the Changin E-Star, EDO EV, and SL03 all offering over 300, 400, and 500 kilometers on a single charge, many Jordanians are finding electric cars affordable. Electric vehicles are popular with cost-conscious drivers due to their decreased operating expenses.
Economic factors, notably savings, drive electric car adoption in Jordan. Many may ignore environmental pollution and climate impact, but EVs are changing the automotive landscape. Government subsidies for import tariffs and charging infrastructure have helped this trend. Jordan’s example shows how economic forces can drive the switch to cleaner, cheaper mobility, opening the path for a more sustainable and economically viable road network.
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