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Region’s top electric car charging operator eyes Oman presence

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Muscat, JAN 21 -
GreenParking, the biggest operator of Electric Vehicle (EV) charging networks in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), says it is exploring partnership options with, among others, leading local hotels and shopping destinations to enable the rollout of charging infrastructure in the Sultanate.
Dubai-headquartered GreenParking’s Founder and CEO, Sam Alawiye (pictured), said he was “overwhelmed” by the response to proposals for partnership opportunities centring on the development of electric car charging networks at key locations around the Sultanate.
GreenParking, which says it enjoys a roughly 80 per cent share of the EV charging market in the UAE, installed a number of charging stations along the route of this week’s Electric Vehicle Road Trip Middle East 2019 event, which included stops in Suhar and Muscat. The company was also one of several local, regional and international organisations that backed the eMobility Forum held in Muscat on Sunday.
“We are here to offer our services to companies in Oman and contribute to the development of an Electric Vehicle industry here along with charging networks, perhaps by helping create the networks, supplying chargers of all types, and developing the software,” said Alawiye.
“We could share the knowledge that we acquired over the last nine years working in this EV parking industry; we could expand the existing network, provide universal chargers, and also extend 24-hour support and maintenance,” he added during a presentation at the eMobility Forum on Sunday.
GreenParking operates around 450 EV charging points distributed across 100 networks in Dubai and elsewhere around the UAE, according to the CEO. The company, which launched operations in 1996 as the operator of conventional parking systems, ventured into EV charging networks nine years ago, and currently serves as a one-stop solutions provider encompassing the supply of charging stations, financing and operating networks, and provision of software as well.
Through partnerships with some of the largest hotel and retail developments in the UAE, GreenParking presently leases or operates parking and charging networks for electric cars. “We supply the equipment for parking systems, parking guidance systems, license plate registration systems that are important for security and access control, bollards and barriers, and the EV chargers.”
The networks installed and operated by GreenParking typically consist of smart EV charging stations installed at hotels, malls, and other landmarks, that allow owners of electric cars to reach their destinations across several countries in the region, said Alawiye.
“This network will be expanded so there is no gap between the chargers, (making it) possible to drive in the future from Riyadh all the way to Salalah, without having to worry about charging stations,” he stated, adding that a smart app now allows for electric car owners to pinpoint available charging stations and to make booking arrangements based on their requirements.



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