According to Patrick Hummel, one of the authors of a UBS global autos survey released in November 2017: “The shift to electric cars will come faster and in a more pronounced way, fuelled by the diesel demise in Europe, battery technology advancements and regulation in China and Europe.” Already China, the U.S., and Europe account for 90 percent of EV sales globally. Catching up with the rest of the world, Egypt got it’s first EV charging station in its congested capital, Cairo, on February 11.

The new unit was installed at a state-owned gas station located on the Cairo-Suez highway. The EV charging station is owned by Revolta Egypt, a developer of EV charging infrastructure and other EV-related projects. It claims to be first to put a complete plan to build the first EV infrastructure in Egypt – the result of two years of research and studies, coupled with more than 20,000 kilometers (almost 12,437 miles) of tests on Egyptian roads.

Minister Tarek Kabil visits the EV Charging Station.

Minister of Trade and Industry Tarek Kabil visits the installation. Courtesy of Ministry of Trade and Industry.

The project’s first phase consists of the installation of 65 EV charging stations across seven out of Egypt’s 27 governorates. Aiming to boost the country’s renewable energy to 22 percent in two years, the Ministry of Trade and Industry is adopting EV technology for its environmentally-friendly aspects, and its cost-effectiveness in terms of maintenance, according to the ministry.

In a similar effort to bring EVs into the Egyptian capital, a plan revealed last week for the revamp of the Giza Pyramids Area integrated EVs, which will be used to transport visitors between the Grand Egyptian Museum (slated to open later this year) and the archeological site every five minutes. But since the EVs are not covered in the EGP 400 million budget allocated for the plan, the search for a financier to provide and maintain the EVs for the project is still underway.