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UAE's regulations on electric vehicles to be extended across Gulf

GCC Standardisation Organisation is currently drafting regulations based on UAE documents

UAE's regulations on electric vehicles to be extended across Gulf
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GCC countries are set to adopt the UAE's draft regulations on the use of electric vehicles as the region gears up for growth in the demand of eco-friendly cars.

Abdulla Al Maeeni, director-general of the Emirates Authority for Standardisation and Metrology (ESMA), said that the GCC Standardisation Organisation is currently drafting its own regulations based on UAE documents.

Al Maeeni added in comments published by state news agency WAM  that ESMA is also working on a new phase of eco-friendly and economically-beneficial national policies.

The main purpose of adopting these directives is to protect the environment from pollution and emissions, as well as to support the national economy, encourage new sources of economic growth, and realise the country's strategy that aims to support eco-friendly concepts and innovation, he added.

The UAE System for Electric Vehicles, the first of its kind regionally, was unveiled earlier this year.

The launch set up a minimum standard for the efficient power consumption for electric vehicles as part of a strategy to protect the environment and natural resources of the country.

ESMA said it will issue certificates of conformity to all electric vehicles that match the requirement of the new system, adding that the new system will contribute to raising air quality level by up to 90 percent by 2021.

In September, Dubai’s Supreme Council of Energy announced incentives to encourage more to invest in the energy efficient models.

Under the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative, the biggest incentive is to give cars free charging at DEWA’s Green Charger electric vehicle charging stations until the end of 2019 as well as exemption from Salik fees.

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