The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is encouraging drivers to adopt electric vehicles as part of an effort to make Dubai an environmentally friendly smart city. To that end electric vehicle charge stations are planned for the Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa) headquarters. The utility has also announced plans to establish 100 EV charging stations across the emirate by April 2015.
In December 2014, Dewa and Tecom Investments signed an agreement to develop and invest in electric vehicle charging infrastructure, smart meters and grids. The pilot project for those technologies is taking place in Dubai’s Design District.
Currently, it costs Dubai consumers just two dirham (50 cents, one Euro) to fully recharge an electric vehicle at home. An EV can go approximately 100 miles (160 km) on a full charge. Which can take just a half hour at a charging station.
Mark Carson, a senior manager at Renault believes, “If you have infrastructure in place across the country, then there is no issue with the charging of the vehicle. Owning an electric vehicle is highly cost efficient as you just need to check tire pressure and brakes. You don’t have to worry about oil change or filling gas. My car bill is just Dh80-90 ($20, 40 Euro) a month; that shows how cost efficient electric vehicles are.”
In another effort to increase EV use, companies in the UAE are offering insurance for EVs at the same rate as other sedan cars. It is also expected that restaurants, malls, and other businesses will also eventually offer charging stations.