Total number of charging stations in Dubai has doubled from 100 to 200, says DEWA chief
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) on Wednesday announced the completion of the second phase of its initiative to install an additional 100 EV Green Charger stations across Dubai.
The announcement was made on the sidelines of the 20th Water, Energy, Technology, and Environment Exhibition (WETEX 2018) in Dubai.
With the completion of the project, the total number of charging stations in Dubai has doubled from 100 to 200, DEWA said in a statement.
The initiative was launched by DEWA in 2015.
Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, managing director and CEO of DEWA, said: “We are pleased to double the EV Green Charger stations from 100 to 200. This is in continuation of our efforts to support the Smart Dubai initiative, which aims to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world.”
He added: "At the time of the launch of the EV Green Charger Initiative, approximately four years ago, there were limited electric vehicles in Dubai, mainly due to a lack of EV charging infrastructure.
"DEWA, as the electricity provider for Dubai, took the lead in setting up the first EV charging infrastructure to encourage the public to use environmentally-friendly vehicles. Today, we see an increasing number of electric cars on the streets of Dubai after establishing the necessary infrastructure."
As part of the efforts to support the development of Hatta, DEWA said it has installed a fast charging station at an ENOC petrol station there, increasing the number of EV Green Chargers to three. DEWA also cooperated with ADNOC to install fast charging stations at their petrol stations, which will be opening soon in Dubai.
DEWA has also strengthened its cooperation with real estate developers in Dubai such as Meraas, Nakheel and Majid Al Futtaim Group by installing EV Green Chargers at their projects and shopping malls.
Al Tayer said the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy is working to increase the percentage of electric and hybrid cars in Dubai. Under government targets, at least 10 percent of all newly-purchased cars will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020.For all the latest energy and oil 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.