A Lebanon-made electric car made its debut Saturday, the first time the Mediterranean country has manufactured an automobile, despite struggling amid a dire economic crisis with frequent power cuts.
The red sports car — named “Quds Rise”, using the Arabic name of Jerusalem — is the project of Lebanese-born Palestinian businessman Jihad Mohammad.
It’s the “first automobile to be made locally,” Mohammad told reporters, at the unveiling in a parking lot south of Beirut.It was built in Lebanon “from start to finish”, he said of the prototype, emblazoned at the front with a golden logo of the Dome of the Rock, the shrine in Jerusalem’s al-Aqsa mosque compound, Islam’s third holiest site.
The car is to cost $30,000.
Production of up to 10,000 vehicles is hoped to start later this year in Lebanon, with cars to hit the market in a year’s time, said Mohammad, Director of Lebanon-based firm EV Electra.
Mohammad, 50, said he set up the company four years ago after years abroad, employing Lebanese and Palestinian engineers among 300 members of staff.
Published in The Express Tribune, April 25th, 2021.
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