Chinese high-end EVs are gaining popularity in Jordan-Xinhua

A sales manager charges an electric vehicle from Chinese automaker Changan at a car dealership in Amman, Jordan, on August 15, 2022. (Photo by Mohammad Abu Ghosh/Xinhua)

High quality, affordability and availability of maintenance are among the key factors driving Jordanians to own Chinese electric vehicles.

AMMAN, March 11 (Xinhua) — Chinese electric vehicles (EVs) are rapidly gaining popularity in the Jordanian car market, driven by their remarkable blend of high quality and affordability.

In 2023, 87 percent of electric vehicles cleared from Jordan’s free zone came from China, the highest percentage yet, according to the Jordan Free Zones Investor Commission (JFZIC).

Sales of Chinese electric cars in Jordan have grown significantly in the past two years, and this trend has continued since the beginning of this year, Jihad Abu Nasser, vehicle sector representative on the committee, said in a recent interview with Xinhua.

“When we started importing electric cars from China in 2019, the percentages were modest, but the numbers are currently high,” he says.

High quality, affordability and availability of maintenance are among the key factors driving Jordanians to own Chinese electric vehicles, he added.

According to JFZIC statistics, in 2019, there were only 72 Chinese EVs out of the total number of EVs cleared from the zone. This figure rose to 205 in 2020. In 2021, it rose to 3,170 of the 5,863 approved electric vehicles, accounting for 54 percent. In 2022, it reached about 12,820 of the 15,576 electric vehicles, which is 82 percent. The year 2023 witnessed the largest increase in this figure, with 33,386 of the 38,277 electric cars approved, accounting for 87 percent.

In January and February this year alone, 6,643 Chinese electric cars were removed from the zone, he said, citing the commission’s figures.

“Their quality is very high, comparable to European, American and East Asian cars, and their price is very competitive, lower than their counterparts manufactured outside China. This primary factor encouraged Jordanian citizens to buy Chinese electric cars “, he said.

Additionally, there is a tax incentive from the Jordanian government to own electric cars. Electric cars pay a special tax of 10 percent, compared to 55 percent for hybrid cars and 95 percent for fuel-powered cars, he added.

“Fuel prices are very high compared to individual incomes in Jordan, so citizens have resorted to electric cars because they save a lot of costs,” he said.

Saeed Ahmed, a 29-year-old citizen, has owned an electric car for three years now and is very satisfied with the car, especially because of its low running costs compared to a fuel-powered car.

He told . average monthly bill.

Prices of 90 and 95 octane petrol range between US$1.4 and US$1.7 per litre, while diesel sells for around US$1.2, with prices changing monthly to align with global oil prices .

Ahmed said he was encouraged to buy a Chinese electric car because of its competitive price compared to other cars, as well as the long-term warranty offered by the agency. It received an eight-year maintenance warranty or coverage for 200,000 km. He said that servicing for this car is available at qualified and pre-equipped centers.

Kamel Al-Daqamsah, who works in the electrical appliances and household goods sector, said he is familiar with the quality of products made in China, having imported high-quality Chinese goods comparable to European and American standards.

He said that when electric cars arrived in Jordan, he bought one and witnessed the advancements in Chinese car manufacturing, especially in electric vehicles that can travel 600 km per charge, along with the luxury features of these cars.

He further elaborated on the significant savings in fuel consumption, especially on long-distance journeys without the need for regular charging on the road.

Expecting that Chinese cars would gain popularity in the Jordanian market, Abu Nasser noted that every two or three months a Chinese car agency was opened, selling electric, gasoline and hybrid cars in Jordan.

“There is acceptance among Jordanian citizens for Chinese-origin cars, with about 20 agencies selling Chinese cars and offering long-term warranties and after-sales services,” he added.

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