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Kuwait announces regulation for electric vehicle chargers

The Minister of Public Works and Minister of Electricity, Water and Renewable Energy, has approved the final regulation for electric vehicle charging stations.

This regulation mainly aims to set organizational rules, strategies and standards for the electric car charging system to be submitted to the relevant authorities.

The regulation ought to include definitions for the application of the provisions of the technical specifications and the rules for the use of electric chargers, such as the AC or the DC charger for electric vehicles. In addition, it also contains definitions about the rechargeable energy storage system, such as the vehicle charging system, power path and other definitions related to the electric vehicle connector, i.e., a vehicle connector cable.

The regulation also specified the locations for the installation of electric vehicle charging stations, including petrol stations, highways, main roads, institutions and government agencies, commercial establishments and private residences. In particular, for private residences, the regulation states that the installation of charging stations with alternating current is allowed if the electrical power of a charging station does not exceed 22 kilowatts, while in other areas the installation of charging stations for electric vehicles with alternating or direct current is allowed.

The regulation will be implemented in several phases. The first phase will begin on the date of entry into force of the Decision and run until 31.12.2025. The second phase will begin on 01.01.2026 and end on 31.12.2030.

The texts of the Regulation can be consulted HERE.

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