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Dubai launches electric vehicle incentive scheme

With efforts to drive uptake of electric mobility, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) in collaboration with Road and Transport Authority (RTA) announced a series of new incentives last week.

DEWA Chief Executive Saeed Al Tayer, who announced the new incentive scheme, foresees Electric Vehicles (EV) sales to increase by 2% by 2020 and 10% by 2030, Climate Action Programme reported.

Therefore, this means that the emirate aims to have 32,000 electric cars by 2020 and 42,000 by 2030.

Electric Vehicle incentive scheme

According to Climate Action, drivers who trade their fossil-fuelled vehicle for an EV will be able to charge their vehicles free of charge in DEWA’s Green Charger charging stations until the end of 2019.

“DEWA’s tariff for charging an e-vehicle at Green Chargers is 29 fils per kilowatt, meaning that EV drivers will allegedly achieve savings of Dh2,000 ($544) worth of fuel per month,” Climate Action reported.

Saeed Al Tayer said that DEWA had installed 100 charging stations by 2015 and aims to add another 100 by the end of 2018.

“I am sure now that government and private entities, or even individuals will shift to electric vehicles when they know how much they can save,” he said.

Climate Action further reported: “In addition, they will enjoy free designated for EVs parking in 40 locations across Dubai that are expected to be ready by the end of this year.

“From now on, it will be mandatory for developers to include designated parking lots for electric vehicles for all upcoming buildings and it will also be mandatory to provide EV charging stations.

“Incentives also include a series of exemptions from tolls and vehicle registration fees.”

In addition, electric car users will be exempted from RTA registration and renewal vehicle fees, and will receive a free Salik tag upon registration- the Salik tag is an automatic road toll collection system, Climate Action noted.


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Ashley Theron
Ashley Theron-Ord is based in Cape Town, South Africa at Clarion Events-Africa. She is the Senior Content Producer across media brands including ESI Africa, Smart Energy International, Power Engineering International and Mining Review Africa.