Dubai's energy authority has ratified an incentives programme in an effort to encourage more people to opt for electric cars.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, ratified the incentive programme to promote the use of electric cars in Dubai, a statement said.
The incentives plan, details of which were not revealed, was presented by Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai Municipality at the the 45th meeting of the Supreme Council of Energy.
The programme supports the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to increase the uptake of hybrid and electric cars in Dubai.
The Supreme Council has previously issued directives for government institutions to ensure that 10 percent of all new purchases of fleet vehicles are for hybrid or electric vehicles.
This will support the target for 2020 for 2 percent of all vehicles to be hybrid or electric, and by 2030 this will rise to 10 percent. This will help to reduce total carbon emissions in Dubai by 2021 by 19 percent.
DEWA has announced plans to double the number of its electric vehicles charging stations to 200 across Dubai.
DEWA said it is setting up different types of charging stations, including fast-charging stations installed at petrol stations that take 20-40 minutes.
In March Dubai issued new regulations on the installation of electric vehicle charging stations as it looks to be at the forefront of environmentally-friendly cars.
Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, issued directive number 1 of 2017 which states that all public and private organisations and developers in Dubai must get approvals from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) before establishing any electric vehicle charging station.
In turn, DEWA will coordinate with Dubai Municipality and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations meet the technical requirements and standards adopted by the relevant authorities.
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