Selfdrive.ae become the first online car rental portal to offer electric cars, the company announced on Sunday.
As part of the initiative, the company is offering Renault Zoe electric vehicles at an introductory price of AED 5 per hour ($1.36) with a minimum billing cycle of 24 hours and a range of 250 kilometres per day.
The vehicles can be rented through selfdrive.ae, and are available to local residents, visitors, expats and corporate clients. The vehicles can be charged at the almost 100 charging stations that have been installed around the emirate by the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA).
“We are thankful to the Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and DEWA for collaborating to incentivise electric cars by allowing free charging across DEWA car charging stations, [and providing] free parking,” said Soham Shah, the founder and director of Pinewoods Technology Services Dubai, the holding company of Selfdrive.ae.
“Selfdrive.ae is proud to take first steps towards making electric cars more accessible and affordable to the masses and to create an ecosystem for people to explore the new age of mobility, by introducing new avenues in smart mobility and car share technology,” he added.
In September, Dubai announced a number of incentives to encourage people to drive electric vehicles, which range from free public parking to exemptions from tolls and discounts on registration, and said that charging stations will be free-of-cost by the end of 2019.
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