• Jan 16th 2008 at 4:30PM
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Considering that around 100% of its gross national product comes from oil, Saudi Arabia wouldn't be your first guess as the location of a burgeoning green car industry. In fact, oil is just about the only industry in this country, though the royal family is interested in establishing Saudi Arabia's own automotive industry. To that end, it's commissioned Lotus and parent company Proton to help build a research, development and test center that can be used by burgeoning Saudi Arabian automakers to produce vehicles that efficiently use the oil on top of which this country floats. Lotus is partnering with King Abdulaziz City for Science and Technology (KACST) to get the project completed and populate the center with various engineers. It would seem the hope is that it would be the base on which a fledgling automotive industry could grow in the next ten years. We doubt, however, they'll be working on developing longer lasting lithium-ion batteries. As our friends at AutoblogGreen put it, the goal is "maximizing the use of the available oil in the least damaging way possible." But whatever gets developed will still require oil.

[Source: AutoblogGreen]

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      • 7 Years Ago
      All they need to do is borrow Toyota's technology again and BAM! Instant results.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Cool! Can't wait to learn about what Lotus comes up with.

      Awesome logo graphic, btw.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Clever move on Saudi Arabia's part- ensures that the country will have some income in a market they currently control by oil, even after it's all gone.

      The UAE is doing the same thing- diversifying their holdings to ensure that they are not oil-dependent.
      • 7 Years Ago
      I hated that flag for awhile. I had to put one together for Flag day. Very traumatizing.
      • 7 Years Ago
      If Saudi Arabia is the seat of Islam, and Islam is the "religion of peace" then why do they have a sword in the middle of their flag?
        • 7 Years Ago
        There is a sword in the flag because sword is heritage to Arab world.

        The red in American flag symbolizes blood. Does that suggest America is a bloodthirsty country?