Electric car owners will be allowed to charge their vehicles for free as part of a series of incentives announced by Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy to encourage more to invest in the energy efficient models
Under the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and Dubai’s Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) made a series of announcements that are hoped to increase the uptake in electric car ownership.
The biggest incentive is to give cars free charging at DEWA’s Green Charger electric vehicle charging stations until the end of 2019. This only applies to public charging stations, and does not include home charging stations, officials said.
The cost of charging a vehicle in the emirate was already at a lower rate of 29 fils per kilowatt, which is a significant saving, compared to fuel-powered cars.
This existing incentive has seen the electric car sector has grown by about 30% between 2014 and 2016, according to DEWA officials.
The RTA will also give free parking places designated for electric cars, exempt the owners from paying Salik (toll charges) and exemption from RTA electric vehicle registration and renewal fees.
Dubai has completed the installation of 100 charging stations around the emirate, with a further commitment of installing 100 more in the next year.
Government institutions in the emirate have already committed to buying 10% of all newly-purchased cars either electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020. The proportion of electric and hybrid cars will rise to 2% by 2020, and 10% by 2030.
“Under the umbrella of the Supreme Council, Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) is working on implementing the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid vehicles,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice Chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and MD & CEO of DEWA.
“This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, for Dubai to have the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050, and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16% by 2021,” he added.
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