The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center explained that the fuel economy standard, set by the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, requires car manufacturers to raise the fuel economy at a rate of approximately 4% annually, and given that manufacturers do not update their car models annually, so this means that the manufacturer will not improve efficiency Energy for each model annually, but the efficiency of the models is improved at varying intervals, so that this improvement is sufficient to meet the requirements of the annual standard Example: The manufacturer may update the model of one of its cars with a 15% improvement in fuel economy, and this means that the manufacturer has met the requirements of the standard for about 4 Years to come.
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center also explained that there are several factors that affect the car’s fuel consumption, the most important of which are engine capacity and technology, weight, and fuel type. Just as there is a standard that measures the energy efficiency of a car, there is a standard that determines the energy efficiency of tires.
It is mentioned that the value of the fuel economy for each car can change according to the year of manufacture, as it is known that the car’s specifications change over the years, and among these specifications are the technologies used to reduce fuel consumption.
He stated that the used car importer should provide a certificate from the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, indicating that the imported vehicle conforms to the requirements of the fuel economy standard, and those wishing to import vehicles can issue the certificate by visiting the link: https://www.sls.gov.sa, where This does not eliminate any of the other requirements for importing used vehicles into the Kingdom, such as not being damaged, or used as a taxi, and other requirements that can be obtained from the Customs Authority, and the vehicles database can be viewed through the link: https: // www. sls.gov.sa.
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Center pointed out that the fuel economy standard was developed based on a joint effort between all concerned parties in the road transport sector, which were all represented in the road transport team of the Saudi Energy Efficiency Program, which are: the ministries of trade and investment, energy, industry and mineral wealth, and transport. And the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the General Traffic Department, the General Customs Authority, the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center, and Saudi Aramco. The standard was also issued by the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization in November 2014. As for the application, it will be carried out in cooperation with all concerned government agencies: the Ministry of Trade and Investment, the Saudi Organization for Standardization, Metrology and Quality, the General Customs Authority and the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center. Work is also underway to develop an electronic program for the fuel economy in cooperation with the government agencies concerned with the application. During which the average fuel economy is calculated for each vehicle manufacturer, in addition to electronic linking with the customs authority database of vehicles through which it is possible to know the actual fuel economy rate for each manufacturer.
The Saudi Energy Efficiency Program has cooperated with all concerned authorities in the Kingdom to identify the causes of the low level of energy efficiency in the road transport sector. And he found that the low rate of vehicle fuel economy is the main reason for the low level of consumption efficiency in this sector, as the average vehicle fuel economy in the Kingdom is approximately 12 kilometers per liter of fuel, compared to about 13 kilometers per liter of fuel in the United States of America, and 15 kilometers Meters per liter of fuel in China, and 18 kilometers per liter of fuel in Europe. The specialized team in the program, consisting of the Ministries of Energy, Industry and Mineral Resources, Trade and Investment, and Transport, the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, the General Customs Authority, the General Traffic Department, the Saudi Energy Efficiency Center and Saudi Aramco have worked for two years with consultants Governmental and non-governmental organizations, and at all local, regional and international levels, to prepare the Saudi standard for fuel economy. When starting work on preparing the standard in November 2013, the nature of supply and demand for vehicles in the Kingdom was taken into account, and continuous communication with international automakers by submitting fuel economy reports for their vehicles, and taking their observations and suggestions on achieving continuous improvement in the standard level, while maintaining technical neutrality, Fair competition, and a variety of vehicle options available to consumers. The process of preparing the standard resulted in the approval and commitment of more than 80 companies, representing more than 99% of vehicles in the Kingdom, to apply the Saudi standard for fuel economy in light vehicles, which will result in achieving high savings in energy consumption.