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Kuwait firm enters EV charging station deal with auto giant Ionity

Kuwait Petroleum International will develop electric vehicle (EV) charging stations for Ionity, a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Co, and Volkswagen Group

Kuwait Petroleum International will expand the EV charging station network in Europe for Ionity [representational image: Arabian Industry].
Kuwait Petroleum International will expand the EV charging station network in Europe for Ionity [representational image: Arabian Industry].

Kuwait Petroleum International (KPI) will build a network of electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Belgium for Ionity.

Ionity is a joint venture of BMW Group, Daimler AG, Ford Motor Company, and the Volkswagen Group, including Audi and Porsche. 

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The Munich-headquartered auto heavyweight's mandate is to implement and operate 400 charging stations, with a capacity of 350 kilowatts, across Europe by 2020.

KPI's managing director for North West Europe, Fadel Al-Faraj, and Ionity's chief operating officer, Marcus Groll, signed the agreement.

After this summer, KPI will install EV chargers at its seven highway stations in Belgium, Kuwait's state news agency, KUNA, reported.

KPI's stations will charge vehicles of all brands in less than 20 minutes and for a distance of 300km. 

The Kuwaiti outfit, a subsidiary of Kuwait Petroleum Corporation, is already installing EV chargers at its fuel stations in Europe.

Road technology advancements are afoot in Kuwait, where at least 80 road projects, worth $26m (KWD8bn), are set to be developed in the coming years.

In October 2017, it was revealed that Kuwait's Public Authority for Civil Information (PACI) was working on a road scanning system that would help self-driving cars on the country's roads. 

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PACI's deputy director-general for information systems and technology, Mansour Al-Metthen, said PACI had completed the implementation of Lidar, a "highly accurate road and street scanning system", in Kuwait.

Speaking at the GITEX Technology Week exhibition in Dubai, Al-Metthen said the system "allows the inspection of the length, width, and height of surrounding buildings", which would be available for use by autonomous cars in the future. 

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