Dubai's government fleet to be 10% electric by 2020

RTA and DEWA discussing possible incentives such as free parking for electric car-owners
Dubai's government fleet to be 10% electric by 2020
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By Staff writer
Sun 17 Jul 2016 02:34 PM

Ten percent of the vehicles operated by Dubai’s civic bodies will be electric by 2020, it says.

The target will see thousands of electric cars ordered in the next few years by government departments.

“Of all the new procurement of vehicles, 10 per cent will go to electric cars only,” said Waleed Salman, executive vice-president of strategy and business development at Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa), reported Gulf News.

“Dubai is going in the right direction. It will happen very fast. In a few years, you will see a big difference on Dubai roads.”

About 100 electric car charging stations have already appeared in Dubai, with more promised over the next few the months.

“We have a target of 16 percent [carbon reduction] by 2020,” said Salman. “I’m sure down the road, it will be decreased even more,” “In the near future, we hope to achieve an even bigger target.”

The committees is working on government incentives to encourage people to buy electric cars instead of traditional petrol-powered vehicles, Salman said.

“We are speaking with RTA to get parking for free for electric vehicles,” he said.

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