DP World looks to Tesla technology

Tesla’s Gigafactory in the US which builds lithium ion battery cells Photo: Tesla Tesla’s Gigafactory in the US which builds lithium ion battery cells Photo: Tesla

DP World Group Chairman and CEO Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem and Tesla and SpaceX CEO Elon Musk have discussed the potential uses of Tesla technology for DP World’s global operations.

Topics revolved around the use of Tesla battery solutions for renewable energy storage in the global operator’s ports and terminals in the fast-growing markets of Africa, India and Latin America.

Sultan Ahmed Bin Sulayem, CEO and DP World Group Chairman, said: “Our visionary leadership has taught us to anticipate change and this is what has led to our success as well as the rapid development of the UAE into the global business hub that it is today.”

“Mr Musk is at the forefront of enabling sustainable transport and energy use solutions, which is integral to our goal of protecting our environment and building a vibrant and resilient society.”

Mr Bin Sulayem is now also exploring possible implementations of Tesla’s state-of-the-art technology to further enhance what he calls DP World’s impact on global trade.

DP World’s Rotterdam World Gateway is already employing driverless cars at its terminal, while several other DP World operations are in the process of implementing the new technology.

Rather fittingly, Tesla has taken the strategic decision to set up its regional headquarters in Dubai, which was also announced at the Summit.

Tesla’s mission is to accelerate the world’s transition to sustainable energy through increasingly affordable electric vehicles.

By Anne-Marie Causer

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