Posted by Prachi Kishore on 29 May, 2018
More than 1 million cars are registered in Amman, and a significant portion of these cars are older, second-hand vehicles that do not meet today’s fuel efficiency and emissions standards. To begin to clean the city’s vehicle fleet, Amman launched a pilot project – in collaboration with public and private partners – that promotes a transition to solar-charged electric vehicles (EVs). In 2015, the pilot included 150 EVs and 10 charging stations that are free to use. The project also comes with an advanced information and monitoring system, which will contribute to a positive user experience.
The pilot prepared for a gradual rollout of EVs, with an expected next phase including 10,000 EVs and 3,000 charging stations to be supplied with electricity from a 30 MWh solar farm. The city hopes to further scale the project if the pilot is deemed successful. A 10% shift to solar-powered EVs in Amman would save 120 million liters of fuel and 268,000 tons of CO2. In addition, a car-free zone in the downtown area is planned, which will rely on solar-powered EV taxis and public transport nodes that connect to parking facilities in the perimeter of the city.
In March 2018, the German-based company eCharge and local stakeholders signed cooperation agreements to build more than 10,000 smart electric vehicle charging stations in the Kingdom. The stations will charge vehicles in less than 15 minutes, and payments will be made through technical platforms known as "blockchains", where anyone can charge money and pay through a smartphone application.