Oil major Saudi Arabia unveils its first EV brand

Ceer, a JV between Saudi Arabia’s Public Investment Fund and Foxconn, will license component technology from BMW; plans to roll out electric SUVs and sedans in 2025; projected to contribute US$ 8 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP by 2034.

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Oil major Saudi Arabia unveils its first EV brand

Saudi Arabia, the second largest oil producing country after the US and a member of OPEC (Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Countries), has unveiled its first and very own electric vehicle brand – Ceer.

On November 3, Saudi Arabia’s Prince Mohammad bin Salman bin Abdulaziz, Prime Minister, Chairman of the Public Investment Fund (PIF) announced the launch of Ceer, the first Saudi EV brand that will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s automotive manufacturing sector.

The launch of Ceer is in line with PIF’s strategy to focus on unlocking the capabilities of promising sectors locally that can help drive the diversification of the economy, to help achieve the objectives of Vision 2030. In addition, the company will contribute to Saudi Arabia’s efforts towards carbon emissions reduction and driving sustainability to address the impact of climate change.

Prince Mohammed bin Salman said: “Saudi Arabia is not just building a new automotive brand, we are igniting a new industry and an ecosystem that attracts international and local investments, creates job opportunities for local talent, enables the private sector, and contributes to increasing Saudi Arabia’s GDP over the next decade, as part of PIF’s strategy to drive the economic growth in line with Vision 2030.”

Ceer to manufacture electric SUVs, sedans
Ceer is the first Saudi automotive brand to produce EV in Saudi Arabia, and will design, manufacture and sell a range of vehicles for consumers in Saudi Arabia and the MENA region, including sedans and sports utility vehicles. A part of PIF’s strategy to diversify Saudi Arabia’s GDP growth by investing in promising growth industries, Ceer will attract over US$150 million of foreign direct investment, and create up to 30,000 direct and indirect jobs. Ceer is projected to directly contribute US$8 billion to Saudi Arabia’s GDP by 2034.

The company, which is a joint venture between PIF and Hon Hai Precision Industry Co. (Foxconn), will license component technology from BMW for use in the vehicle development process. Foxconn will develop the electrical architecture of the vehicles, resulting in a portfolio of products that will lead in the areas of infotainment, connectivity and autonomous driving technologies. Each vehicle will be designed and manufactured in Saudi Arabia, and tested to the highest global automotive quality control and safety standards. Ceer vehicles are scheduled to be available in 2025.

Chairman of Hon Hai Technology Group, Young Liu, said: “Foxconn is excited about our partnership with PIF to create a new automotive company that will focus on designing and manufacturing electric vehicles in and for Saudi Arabia. We will leverage Foxconn’s technological expertise to support Ceer’s vision of creating a range of iconic EVs that are built around the themes of connectivity, infotainment and autonomy. We want to make EVs mainstream, and that is what Ceer is going to achieve in Saudi Arabia and the wider region.”

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