The first electric vehicle charging stations to be installed at a university in the Kingdom, with a full charge taking only 15 minutes
Dhahran, Saudi Arabia: Saudi Arabia’s electric vehicle charging network is set to grow this November with three new, Electrical Vehicle DC Fast charging stations which will be installed at Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University (PMU). The three charging stations will each offer three charging points, providing a full charge in only 15 minutes. The three charging stations will be installed by the middle of November and will be fully usable for the all employees, students and visitors at PMU.
Established in 2006 by a group of academics and investors under the auspices of HRH Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd Bin Abdulaziz, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University is a fast-growing private university located in Al-Khobar, in Saudi Arabia’s Eastern Province. The University has four colleges – Business Administration, Engineering, Information Technology, and Sciences & Human Studies – that offer both bachelor’s and master’s degrees to the Kingdom’s students.
In June, Saudi Arabia’s government approved the commercial import of electric cars and chargers as part of the Kingdom’s focus on harnessing emerging technologies to accelerate the company’s move towards achieving the Vision 2030 reform plan targets.
“The number of electric vehicle owners in the region is increasing, and we wanted to ensure that they have the means to fuel up while they’re on campus,” said Adnan M. Al Khaldi, Procurement department, Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University. “We’re a forward-looking university, and we wanted to be able to ensure that we could cater to the needs of our staff, students and the public by deploying fast charging solutions that would mean as short a time as possible for getting a full charge, literally minutes, for EV vehicles. These EVlink chargers will be up and running in November and will be open to use for use by PMU staff, students and visitors.”
Schneider Electric’s EVlink Fast Charge stations are designed to charge a vehicle rapidly. They are designed to cover the typical electric vehicle charging needs in commercial destinations, at work, as well as the charging needs of electric vehicle fleets. They’re designed to be simple to use and operate.
“Electric vehicles are the future of mobility in Saudi Arabia,” Mowafak AlSaadi, H&D Marketing Division Manager, Schneider Electric Saudi Arabia. “Today, we’re delighted to install the first Electric Vehicle charging solution in education sector in Saudi Arabia, to provide Prince Mohammad Bin Fahd University with the best EV charging technology available. PMU staff, students and visitors who own an electric vehicle will be able to get a full charge in the space of quarter of an hour. The setup couldn’t be easier, and it’s a simple plug-and-go for electric vehicles. We’re proud to be able to reinforce the Kingdom’s drive towards Vision 2030 through clean, sustainable technologies.”
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