The Saudi Arabian government has announced plans to spend $100 billion over the next few years on new and improved car and home appliance models, which will add to its growing car and housewares sales in the kingdom.
The Saudi Ministry of Interior said the new cars will come with an array of new technologies, including new fuel injection, electric motors, new braking systems and electric wheels.
Saudi Arabia’s car and car-maker rivals China are also investing in new technologies in the coming years.
Saudi’s King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud has already announced plans for the country’s next generation of air conditioners.
The country has also announced plans on building its own electric car, and plans to use hydrogen fuel cell vehicles to provide more efficient transportation.
The new cars also include air conditioning, a new hybrid powertrain, new lighting and air conditioning systems, a battery backup system, and a power-management system.
Saudi Arabia’s central bank is expected to release a detailed report on the plans in December.
The latest car and appliance announcements came as Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries were grappling with the impact of the virus.
The Saudi government said on Tuesday that the kingdom has recorded its first case of EV-respiratory illness since the outbreak began in March.
Saudi officials have previously said the virus could affect up to 30 percent of the population, and that the country needs to be prepared for an eventual pandemic.