Over the past few months, we’ve been seeing various announcements by the government regarding electric cars in the country. This has included removing tax and customs duty on electric cars and charging devices, setting up charging ports at major gas stations (I believe there’s still a solar-powered one at El-Hassan Science City from 2011), and working with the Vocational Training Corporation to train technicians on electric car repairs. The Royal Court has also inked a deal in May with Tesla and other car manufacturers, for electric cars to be used in the public sector.
These are undeniably excellent moves. For once, it feels like the government is ahead of the game, or at least not being outpaced, especially when contrasted to several years back when hybrids were first introduced. It took awhile before we saw tax exemptions, widely available technical services in the marketplace, and hybrids with government license plates replacing Mercedes Benzes. Altogether, this is creating an environment that will likely encouraging consumers to switch to electric, and in the absence of a healthy public transport system, this may just help relieve pressure off domestic fuel resources, as well as consumer wallets. And that’s to say nothing of the long-term environmental impact, which is perhaps an immeasurable social benefit.
Given that electricity in Jordan is as scarce a resource as oil (despite its relatively stable availability), it’s currently difficult to calculate just how much electricity these cars will consume, and the subsequent cost, especially if they’re being charged at home rather than a solar-powered port at a gas station. However, a recent piece in the Jordan Times has put together a few numbers, giving us a peek into how much consumers might hope to save with an electric car purchase.
The data is visualized below: