As countries around the globe are seeking environment-friendly means of transportation, the Faculty of Engineering at Beirut Arab University- Tripoli Campus organized a lecture entitled " Infrastructure and Design Adaptation for Electric Vehicles in North Lebanon ", highlighting the infrastructure requirements for electricity supplies and charging stations in North Lebanon in preparation for the use of this type of transport in the region.
The lecture was attended by HE Mr. Najib Mikati represented by Engineer Bassem Khayat, HE Major General Ashraf Rifi represented by Mr. Kamal Ziadeh, President of the Order of Engineers and Architects in Tripoli Engineer Bassam Ziadeh, President of the Chamber of Commerce, Industry and Agriculture of Tripoli and North Lebanon represented by Mr. Fawaz Hamdi, Deans of the Faculties of Engineering at City University and the Lebanese Universities, Vice President for Tripoli Branch Professor Khaled Baghdady and a crowd of interested audience.
In his welcome speech, Professor Baghdady stressed the importance of the role of universities in keeping abreast of the rapid developments in all fields as well as providing scientific proposals and solutions to catch up with global development.
Engineer Ziadeh discussed the reasons behind the global tendency to use electric cars. He referred to the first steps taken by Lebanon to catch up with this development and presented the problems and challenges related to the provision of electricity infrastructure, mentioning that the field of electric cars will provide a new job market for engineers in various fields.
Dr. Shadi Nohra, Associate Professor at the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at BAU explained the most prominent international laws that guarantee the transition to using electric cars by 2025 when their prices are expected to be equal to fuel-powered vehicles. He also explained how electric cars work and the possibility of manufacturing them in Lebanon, addressing the potential technical challenges that might arise.
General Manager for the Lubricants and Bunkering business Unit at MEDCO and Director of the Project targeted for Deployment of Rapid Electric Vehicles’ Charging Stations for MEDCO Company Mr. Nicolas Abu Halka, gave an overview of the company's establishment of several rapid charging stations in some areas of Beirut and pointed to the tendency to deploy more sites soon to cover the main roads in Lebanon.
General Director-President of the Board of the Lebanese Centre for Energy Conservation Engineer Pierre El Khoury stressed the importance of transforming the transport sector in Lebanon into emission-reducing vehicles such as hybrid and electric vehicles. He also stressed the need to secure electricity for sustainable transport through renewable energy.
At the end of the lecture, Mr. George Awad, IMPEX's Senior Sales Advisor, gave a demo on campus on how to drive a car, explaining the characteristics of modern vehicles, which can travel the distance of 400 kilometers on a single charge with the possibility of charging from any electrical outlet with a capacity of 6 amp only.