KIZAD, which is a part of Abu Dhabi (AD) Ports Group’s Economic Cities & Free Zones, has reportedly revealed that it has signed a lease agreement with NWTN to develop an electric vehicle (EV) assembly plant in the city to satisfy the growing demand for eco-friendly transportation options in the UAE.
According to the deal, KIZAD will build a 25,000 m2 manufacturing, R&D, vehicle testing, and logistics facility. The plant will be run by NWTN in its initial stages. This facility will be used to assemble semi-knocked-down (SKD) electric vehicles, with an annual capacity of 5,000 – 10,000 units.
The second phase of NWTN’s strategy will witness the launch of numerous new electric vehicle models, while increasing the annual production capacity to 50,000 units.
The announcement, which will build Abu Dhabi’s first EV assembly factory, follows recent regulatory amendments made by the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE). These policy changes intend to speed up the development of EV infrastructure as part of Abu Dhabi’s Low Emission Vehicle Strategy.
The functioning of the new production facility is in line with the UAE’s Net-Zero by 2050 plan as it seeks to boost the industry expertise. The plant will also help in amplifying the feasibility of low-emission vehicles in the UAE.
Managing Director and Group CEO of AD Ports Group, Captain Mohamed Juma Al Shamisi quoted that this strategic partnership in KIZAD will support the organization’s leadership vision to increase industrial competitiveness while safeguarding the environment.
Chairman and CEO of NWTN, Alan Wu stated that NWTN’s collaboration with AD Ports Group’s KIZAD formed the foundation of the firm’s global growth plan.
Alan added that this association would enable NWTN to effectively serve a wider spectrum of consumers in the Middle East as well as the larger North African and European markets.
With its new campus in KIZAD, NWTN will gain access to AD Ports Group’s extensive automotive business ecosystem. This includes current and future projects customized to the automotive sector, such as the first lithium production facility in the region by Lepidico Ltd, the Khalifa Port Auto Terminal, and the Regional Auto Hub – Abu Dhabi.