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Syrian in Idlib Designs Small, Fuel-saving EV

(AWP) - As fuel becomes increasingly expensive and scarce in northwestern Syria, some technicians search for solutions by designing power-saving devices, among them a young man who has designed a small, locally-made electric vehicle (EV).

The new car would replace motorcycles, which are expensive, impractical for families, and not practical in inclement weather.

Youssef Hammam, the car designer, incorporated a two-horsepower motor, so that the vehicle can travel at speeds of up to 50 kilometers per hour. He also designed a special body on which is written, ’sayaratna,’ or ‘our car.’

Youssef says that a revolution has taken place in transportation, particularly in electric vehicles, adding that there are economic factors involved.

“The future will be one of electric transport, and all those cars, trucks and buses that rely on fuel will be gradually replaced by electric vehicles,” he added.

He noted that economic conditions have deteriorated greatly in Syria, causing most people to rely on motorcycles as a means of transportation.

“Why shouldn’t the alternative be a simple car, selling at nearly the same price of a motorcycle, but not affected by the weather?” he asked.

“There is a pressing need for these vehicles, especially because of the lack of fuel. Everyone in Syria is facing a fuel crisis. Electricity provides a cheap alternative. With home electricity or solar energy, transportation can be nearly free,” explained Youssef.

Youssef stated that his next design would be a hybrid vehicle, running on both gas and electricity, adding that fuel could be used when necessary, for instance in trips of longer distances.

Ahmed Abu Mahmoud,  the EV designer’s friend and neighbor, said that the EV is badly needed.
“First, it is economical, as it saves on fuel expenses. Sometimes there is no fuel available. I have followed Abdullah’s work from the beginning. Hopefully, it will be a successful project,” he added.