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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

Tunisia begins deployment of charging stations for EVs


 For Tunisia, the introduction of the electric vehicle is one of the structuring projects for the implementation of its international commitments, including the Paris climate agreement. The country’s ambition is to increase to 50,000 electric cars by 2025.

Tunisia continues its efforts to promote electric mobility. On Saturday (January 23rd), a memorandum of understanding was signed in Tunis between the National Oil Distribution Corporation (AGIL) and the Tunisian Electricity and Gas Corporation (STEG) for the installation of electric car charging stations.

Under the memorandum, which is part of a pilot project, the two state-owned enterprises will work to establish the necessary infrastructure for charging electric cars at petrol stations, under THE jurisdiction of AGIL.

For this pilot phase, the project integrates 10 AGIL service stations, 6 of which are located in the 6 largest governorates such as Tunis, Sousse and Sfax. The other 4 stations that will be equipped are on the highways. “These terminals can guarantee up to 300 kilometres of range with only 20 minutes of charging,” said Nabil Smida (pictured), CEO of AGIL.

In 2018, a taskforce has been created to work on the initiative. Led by the National Agency for Energy Control (ANME), it has set up an ambitious project that aims to introduce 70,000 vehicles (about 10% of new registrations) over the period 2019-2025, i.e. 50,000 electric vehicles and 20,000 hybrid vehicles.

It should be noted that the project is in line with Tunisia’s national strategy to reduce its dependence on fossil fuels while developing national expertise in the control of clean energy. In accordance with the Paris climate agreement (2016), Tunisia has committed to reducing its greenhouse gas emissions, with plans to reduce its carbon intensity to 41% by 2030 compared to 2010.

 

Source: Agence Ecofin

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