Kazakhstan plans to produce around 1,200 electric transport units, including busses from its capital Nur-Sultan in 2021, according to the Association of Kazakhstan Auto Business.
The association’s president, Andrey Lavrentiev indicated in a media statement that the country would initially produce the Nio ES6 and ES8 models after Kazakhstan’s Prime Minister Aksar Mamin announced that the country would collaborate with Chinese brands NIO and JAC Motors to produce EVs.
Lavrentiev added that the country would also produce JAC’s IEVS4 and IEV7S in the SUV car segment.
By 2022, Kazakhstan plans to scale up its EV production to 2,000 units, for both domestic consumption and exports. The government also plans to provide tax benefits to electric car buyers to incentivize sales.
The Kazakh automotive industry has proved its resilience in H1 2020, where production rose by 58pc over H1 2019 to 32,701 cars.