A Lebanon-made electric car has made its debut, the first time the Mediterranean country has manufactured an automobile, despite struggling amid a dire economic crisis.
The red sports car – named “Quds Rise”, using the Arabic name of Jerusalem – is the project of Lebanese-born Palestinian businessman Jihad Mohammad.
The car is to cost $30,000.
Production of up to 10,000 vehicles is hoped to start later this year in Lebanon, with cars to hit the market in a year’s time.
Mohammad, 50, said he set up the company four years ago after years abroad, employing Lebanese and Palestinian engineers among 300 members of staff.
He says his long-term goal is to compete on the international market for hybrid and electric cars, as well as to make sales in Lebanon.