Font Size

- Aa +

Mon 6 Apr 2015 01:17 PM

Font Size

- Aa +

Dubai mulls subsidised prices for electric vehicles

Incentives being considered in an effort to promote the use of eco-friendly vehicles in emirate

Dubai mulls subsidised prices for electric vehicles
Saeed Mohammad Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa).

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.
Ray Boggs 4 years ago

Incentives for electric vehicles would be great news. Now charge those EVs with an EV solar charging system equipped with new ultra high performance, double sided, Hyper X 2 solar panels for more miles per hours of sunshine. Instead of the old fashion 1 1/2 inch thick, aluminum framed, glass on plastic solar panels that most of the leasing companies are installing, these new next generation solar panels are only 1/4 inch thin and are made with a stronger, see through, glass on glass, frameless, construction that allows sunlight that is reflected off the roof or ground's surface to illuminating the backside of the double sided solar cells and produce additional power beyond their nameplate rating.
The new 300 Watt, 60 cell solar panels that are used in Hyper X 2 solar systems offers a better PTC to STC ratio "Real World" performance according to the California Energy Commission's performance rating listings than over 119 of SunPower's solar panel models.