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Dubai extends free EV charging till end-2021

DUBAI, 13 days ago

Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has extended its current free charging incentive for electric vehicles until the end 2021. The extension only applies to non-commercial users, who register for the EV Green Charger Initiative.

The extension allows non-commercial users registered in the EV Green Charger Initiative to charge their vehicles for free at Dewa public charging stations until December 31, 2021. This incentive is exclusive to Dewa public charging stations and does not include home charging stations. Commercial registered users such as government, semi-government, and private organisations will be charged the tariff of 29 fils per kilowatt hour, effective from the 1st of January 2020.

“Dewa seeks to increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles in Dubai, which supports the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030 and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of Dewa.

Dewa is working on implementing the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid vehicles, he added.

The Dubai Supreme Council of Energy launched this initiative as per a directive in 2016 to motivate organisations, under its umbrella, to increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles, and to contribute to the sustainable development of the Emirate by reducing carbon emissions in ground transport, which is the second-largest greenhouse gas emitter in Dubai.

Therefore, at least 10 per cent of all newly-purchased cars will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020. This supports the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 per cent by 2021.

“Dewa encourages individuals and the community to use sustainable transportation. Since Dewa launched the EV Green Charger Initiative in 2015 and its associated free charging incentive, there has been a significant increase in the number of electric and hybrid vehicles in Dubai. Due to the positive response, we decided to extend the free charging incentive for the owners of non-commercial electric vehicles until the 31st of December 2021. The huge turnout from the community encourages us to launch further initiatives to secure a more sustainable future for generations to come,” Al Tayer said.

Dewa has been providing free charging for electric vehicle users registered in the EV Green Charger Initiative from September 1, 2017 until December 31, 2019, to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in Dubai. – TradeArabia News Service




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