Lebanese industrialist Hisham Houssamy standing in entrance of his hybrid automotive in Beirut, Lebanon on November 21, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Javich)
A Lebanese industrialist has managed to provide a hybrid automotive powered by electrical energy or solar energy to counter the rising value of transport amid a gasoline provide scarcity in Lebanon.
by Dana Halavi
BEIRUT, Nov. 24 (Xinhua) — Lebanese industrialists try to provide their very own various gas autos amid the nation’s extreme vitality disaster. Hisham Houssamy is one in all them.
Named “Lira”, the identify of the Lebanese forex, the hybrid automotive designed by Houssamy, initially a producer of commercial tools, may be charged by way of electrical energy or photo voltaic panels.
The concept to design and construct his automotive got here to the 46-year-old after he noticed the issue of Lebanese acquiring gas for his or her automobiles amid vitality shortages on account of the monetary disaster.
Lebanese industrialist Hisham Houssami is seen sitting inside his hybrid automotive on November 21, 2022 in Beirut, Lebanon. (Xinhua/Bilal Javich)
“It’s a disgrace that Lebanese can barely afford gasoline, and it’s much more painful that folks must endure each time they’ve to make use of the commodity,” Houssamy mentioned.
In Lebanon, 20 liters of gasoline can value round 800,000 Lebanese kilos (about US$20).
Housesamy mentioned he presently has a crew of seven to 10 common workers engaged on the brand new automotive, whereas he oversees the manufacturing course of.
A mechanic works on a hybrid automotive created by Lebanese industrialist Hisham Houssami in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 21, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Javich)
“Sadly, we would not have automotive engineers in Lebanon, however my expertise in industrial tools manufacturing makes this job attainable for me,” mentioned Houssamy.
The industrialist had deliberate to launch the EV for lower than US$10,000 throughout the Christmas and New Yr season this yr.
Houssami has already put out a number of commercials on social media channels asking extra folks to affix his new automotive manufacturing facility.
Staff assembling a hybrid automotive made by Lebanese industrialist Hisham Houssami in Beirut, Lebanon, on November 21, 2022. (Xinhua/Bilal Javich)
Houssamy mentioned that Lebanon has very expert human assets, and he needed to offer younger graduates with a possibility to work in Lebanon as an alternative of leaving the nation for job alternatives.
He instructed Xinhua that there might be big demand for brand new vitality automobiles from international locations reminiscent of Iraq, Syria, Libya and Lebanon.
He mentioned, “Immediately, the gas disaster is worldwide. So after I produce a high-quality automotive, I count on good demand from different international locations as nicely.”