SASO approves imports of electric cars for private use


Saudi Gazette report

— The pertinent authorities in Saudi Arabia have allowed the use of electric cars by individuals in the Kingdom, Al-Eqtisadiah newspaper reported.

Tamis Al-Hammady, spokesman for the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization (SASO), said three certificates were already issued for individuals importing electric cars from abroad for personal use.

"Importing electric cars for commercial use will be allowed in five months. We have standards and quality assurance regulations that imported cars must meet. The regulations usually ensure that a car is safe and it does not pollute the environment," said Al-Hammady.

The Saudi Electric Company had contracted with three Japanese companies to bring in electric cars into the Kingdom and to test its compatibility the Kingdom's infrastructure. The company aimed at diversifying the Kingdom's economy and decreasing the rate of pollution.