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Ceer To Establish First Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Site in KAEC
Ceer To Establish First Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Site in KAEC

Ceer, Saudi Arabia’s first electric vehicle brand, has awarded a $1.3 billion contract to construct the Ceer Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Complex in King Abdullah Economic City (KAEC).

The contract was awarded to Modern Building Leaders and is supported by industry leaders like Dürr and Siemens. 

The state-of-the-art facility will span 1 million square meters with an under-roof area of 530,000 square meters and dedicated production zones.

This complex aligns with Vision 2030’s goals to drive Saudi Arabia’s mobility industry evolution.

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Ceer’s Contract with Modern Building Leaders

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The awarded contract, worth $1.3 billion (SAR 5 billion), was entrusted to Modern Building Leaders (MBL), a construction firm based in Saudi Arabia. 

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MBL’s task is to erect a state-of-the-art facility that will span over a million square meters, with an under-roof area of 530,000 square meters. This contract showcases Ceer’s commitment to employing local expertise to construct this plant.

Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Complex

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The planned complex is designed to house dedicated zones for every stage of vehicle production. This includes a press shop, a body shop, a paint shop, and a general assembly area. 

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In addition to these zones, the complex will also feature specialized areas for logistics, waste management, warehouses, offices, a water treatment system, and a vehicle test track.

Ceer EV Manufacturing Complex Design

The design of this complex ensures efficiency and precision in the manufacturing process, aiming to produce high-quality EVs that meet global standards. The facility will also feature cutting-edge technologies and equipment from global industry leaders such as Dürr, Schuler, Siemens, and ABB.

“This complex will be a benchmark for industrial excellence within the region and globally. It will feature the best technologies, equipment, and people,” said Jim DeLuca, CEO of Ceer.

Ceer Global Partnerships 

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Ceer’s commitment to excellence is reflected in its collaborations with global industry leaders like Dürr, Schuler, Siemens, and ABB. By integrating the best-in-class technologies and equipment, Ceer ensures that its manufacturing processes are efficient, reliable, and environmentally sustainable.

The Role of Siemens in Ceer’s Vision

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As part of its commitment to innovation, Ceer has entered into directed sourcing agreements with Siemens for an advanced automation system for its manufacturing facility. This collaboration will redefine automotive manufacturing in Saudi Arabia, contributing to the Kingdom’s economic growth.

Siemens’ “Totally Integrated Automation” concept will play a central role in controlling and driving all aspects of production at the Ceer facility. Siemens Simatic Controllers will enable Ceer to automate factory operations such as robots and conveyor lines, including safety functionality.

Supporting Vision 2030

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Ceer’s investment in the Electric Vehicle Manufacturing Complex represents a significant stride in Saudi Arabia’s journey towards a sustainable and diversified economy

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As a joint venture between PIF and Foxconn, Ceer aims to support the electric vehicle sector, aligning with Vision 2030’s aspirations for economic diversification, carbon emission reduction, and sustainable development.

Ceer’s Product Range

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Ceer is expected to offer a diverse range of electric vehicles, including sedans and sports utility vehicles (SUVs), with the first vehicles scheduled to be available in 2025.

By catering to local preferences and market demands, Ceer aims to position itself as a leading player in the rapidly evolving EV market.

Shaping the Future of Mobility

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With visionary leadership, strategic partnerships, and substantial investments, Saudi Arabia is well-positioned to capitalize on the opportunities presented by the shift toward sustainable transportation. 

As the EV market continues to evolve, Saudi Arabia’s commitment to innovation and sustainability will play a crucial role in shaping the future of mobility on a global scale.

The Broader EV Landscape In Saudi Arabia 

BYD Launch in Saudi Arabia

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Al-Futtaim Electric Mobility Company has launched BYD, the leading brand in new energy vehicles, in Saudi Arabia to introduce green mobility. 

During Founding Week, BYD launched a range of electric and hybrid vehicles, including the luxurious BYD HAN, BYD SEAL, and eco-friendly BYD SONG PLUS, in Riyadh, Jeddah, and Dhahran. 

In the last three months of 2023, BYD has surpassed Tesla as the top-selling electric vehicle brand globally.

The PIF’s Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Company

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The Public Investment Fund (PIF) launched the Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Company (EVIQ) to provide top-tier charging facilities for electric vehicles throughout Saudi Arabia. The ambitious goal is to deploy over 5,000 fast chargers at over 1,000 locations by 2030.

These charging stations will be strategically installed in cities and on major roads, conforming to all applicable regulations and standards.

Hyundai’s $500 Million Car Manufacturing Plant

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The Public Investment Fund (PIF) of Saudi Arabia and Hyundai have joined forces to establish a $500 million car manufacturing plant in the kingdom. 

The objective is to manufacture 50,000 vehicles annually, encompassing electric vehicles, commencing in 2026. PIF will hold the majority stake of 70%, while Hyundai will own the remaining 30%. 

NEOM Investment into PONY.AI

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Sauid’s NEOM Investment Fund is investing $100 million into, an autonomous driving technology company, to aid in developing and producing autonomous driving vehicles for NEOM and important markets in the Middle East. 

This new agreement entails collaboration between NEOM and to advance autonomous driving services, produce innovative vehicles, and establish intelligent vehicle infrastructure throughout NEOM and pivotal Middle Eastern markets.

Lucid Motors Electric Vehicles Manufacturing

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Lucid Motors has manufactured 800 electric vehicles in Saudi Arabia at its inaugural global facility in September of 2023. Originally constructed in Arizona, the vehicles underwent final assembly in Saudi Arabia with an aim to manufacture 150,000 EVs each year within the King Abdullah Economic City.

A significant portion of Lucid Motors, totaling 60%, is owned by the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), and a pact with the Saudi Arabian government commits to the sale of 100,000 electric vehicles within the forthcoming decade.

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