Muscat: Commercial production of Oman’s first electric car, the Nur Majan, is expected to commence in 2018, Sultan Hamad Al Amri, chairman of the Board of Directors of Nur Majan Company, has revealed.
Nur Majan is the first Arab hand-manufactured car, specifically Oman-made, and is inspired by the Sultanate’s Arabian leopard in its attack position. The first car was solely made by hand, whereas the mass production will be done by machines only.
Al Amri said the company plans to produce 1,008 cars per year, which will be the size of a Toyota Corolla made out of a treated carbon fibre. This type of material comes in different colours, which means the car does not require colouring. It will be fire as well as scratch resistant and not susceptible to rupture. According to the Nur Majan Company, “It will be impossible to smash the car body, leave aside scratching it.”
The material is 4.5 times stronger than steel and 70 per cent
lighter than it.
The car will be able to travel 400 to 600km after a single charge depending on the speed and weight. When the car runs out of power, users can charge the vehicle just as they charge their cell phones through a plug on the wall. A standard 240 volt current will take the car four hours to charge at home. Nur Majan will need the first maintenance after 20 years from the date of purchase.
“Petrol stations will have three-phase chargers installed for electric vehicle. In Nur Majan’s case, the car can be charged in 20 minutes at petrol stations,” said Mohamed Al Zagul, manager of Mechanics and A/C.
The solar panel on the roof of the car takes advantage of the Middle East’s sunny environment to power the compressor; it is only used for the air-conditioning system.
In addition to the many features that Nur Majan Company has incorporated into the vehicle, such as massage seats, Windows 8 in the display screen and also a trash compartment, the company also added a black box, which is primary installed in aircraft.
The black box, however, is not typical of the aviation type, but works almost in the same way.
It can record and store car’s events with four cameras installed both inside and outside the vehicle and the information is updated every 30 minutes. The user of the vehicle will not be able to tamper with the black box where the Royal Oman Police are only authorised to handle the object. In case of an accident or suspicious behaviour, the police can check the black box for information about the incident. Nur Majan’s powerful 420 horsepower electric engine can reach a top speed of 260 km per hour. The car can also travel from 0 to 100 km per hour in 3.6 seconds, emitting 0 grams per km of carbon dioxide.
“There will come a day for each of us, as an Arab nation, when everyone will be proud to drive an Arab-made car. Even when you will see a non-Arab driving the car, you will feel proud,” said Al Zagul.