By Bernd Debusmann
New vehicles are part of a six-year plan launched by an alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi
Twelve new zero-emission electric vehicles will be launched in Dubai by 2022, Renault has announced.
The vehicles already include the compact (2.34 m long and 1.24m wide) and electricity-powered ‘Twizy’, as well Renault’s flagship ZOE Range. The ‘Kangoo’, an all-electric five-door super mini utility van, is expected to arrive in the Middle East in the next few months.
Marwan Haidamous, Renault Middle East managing director, said that the company planned to capitalize on the incentives for electric vehicle owners recently announced by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, which include free parking at DEWA-approved stations until 2019, designated and free-green parking spaces, as well as exemption from Salik tag fees.
“As the pioneers in electric mobility in the Middle East and the market leader for electric vehicles in Europe, we intend to continue to lead the way in developing electric vehicle solutions in the region,” Haidamous said.
“With the new incentives announced by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy and the much-anticipated introduction of the ZOE Long Range, which features the longest range of any mainstream electric vehicle, together we can start the electric revolution in the Middle East.”
The new vehicles are part of a six-year plan launched by an alliance of Renault, Nissan and Mitsubishi, which the companies say is supporting the ‘Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050’, which aims to make Dubai’s carbon footprint the lowest in the world.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.