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Dubai shopping mall installs electric car charging stations

Mall of the Emirates says it has added nine chargers following launch of Tesla in the UAE last month

Dubai shopping mall installs electric car charging stations

One of Dubai's biggest shopping malls has installed nine electric car charging stations, following the official launch of Tesla in the UAE last month.

Located at the Fashion Dome Valet Parking and on the first and second floors at Mall of the Emirates, the Tesla charging stations can add up to 100km of range to the battery per hour of charge.

“Majid Al Futtaim is proud to offer the first generation of Tesla drivers Dubai’s largest cluster of charging stations at its central and conveniently located flagship mall: Mall of the Emirates.” said Fuad Mansoor Sharaf, managing director East Region – Property Management, Shopping Malls for Majid Al Futtaim.

“Innovation and sustainability are part of the core values of the retail pioneer and we are excited to offer our visitors another new and bold experience, in line with our vision to create great moments, for everyone, everyday.”

At Mall of the Emirates, designated parking spaces were previously allocated in anticipation of the chargers during the expansion initiative – Evolution, in 2015.

Tesla charging stations are currently located in hotels and resorts, and places where Tesla cars are driven frequently.

Tesla launched online sales for its Model S and Model X in the UAE in February.

Californian company’s chief executive Elon Musk was in Dubai launch the dedicated website for UAE customers, where they can visit the online design studio to customise and order the Tesla vehicle. Prices start from $74,800 (AED 275,000) for Model S and $93,600 (AED 344,000) for Model X.

First orders of Model S (range of up to 632 km) and Model X (up to 565 km of range) vehicles are expected to be delivered in Dubai this summer, the company said.

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