Muscat – The Ministry of Transport, Communications and Information Technology (MTCIT) has installed 90 charging stations across the sultanate in an effort to encourage adoption of electric vehicles (EVs) and reduce carbon emissions.
Announcing the installation of the charging stations, an official from the ministry stated, “Our aim is to offer a range of sustainable transportation solutions and contribute to the development of electric vehicle infrastructure in Oman, aligning with the national programme to achieve zero carbon neutrality by 2050.”
Of the 90 charging stations, 48 are strategically located in Muscat governorate, including highways and public areas. Of these, 18 stations in Bausher, two in Muscat, six in Muttrah and 22 in Seeb.
North Batinah has ten charging stations – one each in Sohar and Shinas, two each in Liwa and Saham, and four in Suwaiq.
Dakhliyah is equipped with eight charging stations – seven in Nizwa and one in Manah – while Al Wusta has four – three in Haima and one in Duqm. Dhofar has 12 charging stations – four in Thumrait, three in Muqshin and five in Salalah. Musandam, Buraimi, Dhahirah and South Sharqiyah have one charging station each, while the border areas currently have four.
MTCIT is actively collaborating with the private sector to enhance infrastructure and make it EV-ready. With installation of these charging stations, Oman has taken a significant step towards promoting sustainable transportation and encouraging the use of EVs throughout the country.
MTCIT is currently working on installing more than 140 EV chargers by the end of 2023 and 350 by the end of 2026.