Egypt has opened its first-ever public electric car charging station in Cairo. This is part of an effort by the country to reduce its carbon footprint.
The electric charging station is developed by Revolta, a company that is building an electric car charging stations network in Egypt with hopes of expanding this across North Afrika.
A map showing the areas that will be covered during the first phase of Revolta's deployment of 65 electric charging stations in Egypt.
“This event is the cornerstone for the launch of electric cars in Egypt,” said Tareq Qabil, Egypt's Minister of Trade and Industry, when speaking to media at the inauguration of the electric car charging station in Cairo.
The deployment of electric car charging stations in Egypt will also likely boost the North Afrikan country's ambitions of increasing renewable energy usage by up to 22% by the year 2020.
According to Mohammed Badawi, CEO at Revolta, the first phase of the deployment of electric car charging stations in Egypt will include the opening of 65 charging stations spread across Cairo, Giza, Alexandria, Port Said, Ismailia, Suez, and the Red Sea governorate. Badawi added that the electric car charging stations will not only be located at what is now known as petrol stations, but will also be built and deployed at locations such as malls, hotels, universities, sporting clubs, and any other public areas where cars can be parked. Badawi also added that each electric car charging station costs approximately $50,000 to build.
Earlier in 2018, Egypt's Passengers Transportation Authority signed an agreement with Chinese automobile manufacturer, BYD, which will see the city of Alexandria be the first in the North Afrikan country to have 15 electric buses, with the first electric bus expected to be delivered in March 2018 and the rest of the 14 electric buses expected in Alexandria in June 2018. As part of that agreement, Alexandria is set to also have 18 electric bus charging stations built and installed across the city.
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