By Neil Halligan
Incentives being considered in an effort to promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles in emirate
Dubai is considering offering incentives for electric vehicles, such as a subsidised price for a car, as a way of promoting the use of the eco-friendly vehicles.
The incentives would be part of the smart city initiative that Dubai is promoting, as it looks to make the use of electric cars more attractive.
Speaking at the inauguration of the first public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO), Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said Dubai is looking at ways of encouraging people to use the vehicles.
“The Executive Council of Dubai is studying various proposals to encourage people to use eco-friendly vehicles,” Al Tayer told Gulf News.
“Having the infrastructure ready for charging the vehicles is a first step in this direction. Various other things are being looked at like reducing the customs duty or subsidising the cost for buyers,” he added.
Dubai is also considering following the European and US subsidy models which waive customs duty, offer a discount at a dealership and have reduced registration and testing charges.
Dewa currently has 16 electric vehicle charging stations at Dewa premises around the emirate, with plans in place to have 100 across Dubai by the end of the year at highways, government buildings, malls, airports, parks, as well as other public places.
The charging station at DSO can charge two vehicles at once, with a charge time of between two and four hours, depending on the type of car. The range of the vehicle can also vary between 100 and 300 kilometres.
Dewa has a reduced rate of 29 fils per kW at the charging stations, which would mean the average long distance drive would cost AED7 ($1.90).For all the latest transport news from the UAE and Gulf countries, follow us on Twitter and Linkedin, like us on Facebook and subscribe to our YouTube page, which is updated daily.
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