The Saudi Standards and Metrology Authority said that it had received several requests from electric vehicle manufacturers to obtain a “model approval certificate for an electric vehicle”, in accordance with the requirements of the technical regulation for electric vehicles, noting that it had issued an approval certificate for one model so far.
In statements to Al-Iqtisadiah newspaper, the authority explained that it is continuing its work to introduce the technical requirements for granting certificates of conformity for electric vehicles, chargers and their accessories, and it urges all car dealerships and manufacturers to abide by obtaining the Saudi model approval certificate.
The specifications said that it was allowed to import electric vehicles and their chargers commercially, provided that the Saudi Model Approval Certificate is issued for the target models before the import process begins.
She added that it is responsible for issuing the model approval certificate and studying the documents that prove the safety and security of vehicles, in accordance with the provisions of the technical regulation for electric vehicles issued by the authority, which clarifies the requirements necessary for vehicles and chargers to meet safety requirements and to ensure that they are tested in accordance with the specifications set in line with the Kingdom’s climatic conditions, and to achieve The best performance for users of electric vehicles and chargers in the Kingdom.
She pointed out that licenses for electric vehicle charging stations, and consumer rights in the field of electric vehicle maintenance, fall under the responsibilities of a number of concerned authorities, which is outside the technical competencies of the Standards Authority.
It is known that the existing work system with the participation of government agencies and specialists in the private sector in the Kingdom, continues to study various aspects to prepare the infrastructure to receive this type of cars in its markets. This comes through the Infrastructure Committee for Electric Vehicle Charging Stations headed by the Ministry of Energy and membership from government and private agencies and research centers, and includes “Ministries of Transport, Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing, Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, and the company.” Saudi Electricity and King Abdullah Center for Petroleum Studies and Research.
The Standards and Metrology Authority, in coordination with the Ministries of Energy, Municipal and Rural Affairs and Housing, the Electricity and Cogeneration Regulatory Authority and the Saudi Electricity Company, had previously organized a virtual workshop entitled “The Infrastructure of Electric Vehicles in the Kingdom” in June of last year, in the presence of a large number of electric vehicle manufacturers. and charger manufacturers. The workshop dealt with presenting the details of the legislation and specifications for electric car chargers, which must be taken into account before importing this type of car or its chargers, and taking into account the requirements of the concerned authorities in the Kingdom for spatial and other requirements.