Owning an Electric Car in Dubai Just Became Another Reason to be Happy
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Dubai is synonymous to technology and modern world advancements, which is why if you own an electric car here then the expenses on your pocket have reduced. Imagine getting a free Salik tag and free parking in public areas in Dubai, it is a dream that became reality. The e-car owners also get a range of other incentives, all these incentives are being provided with the aim of promoting green mobility around the emirate.
The two government authorities Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) and the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) have come along to give away these incentives.
To be assigned by the end of this year, E-car owners will get free parking spots in around 40 locations. Also, to be exempted from RTA vehicle registry and renewal fees, and get free Salik tag upon registration.
A special sticker will also be given to such owners in order to help the police officers differentiate electric vehicles. Also, providing 100 green charging stations to facilitate charging their cars for free until the end of 2019.
There had been a 30 per cent increase between 2014 and 2016 in the electric vehicle sector. Dubai is going green as total of 10 per cent of newly-purchased cars by government organizations will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020.
As reported Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa, said the aim is to make electric cars reach 2 per cent of Dubai's vehicular fleet by 2020 and 10 per cent by 2030. Referring to the studies, Dubai expects the number of electric and hybrid cars on the road to reach 32,000 by 2020 and 42,000 by 2030.
He said such incentives will help solve the challenges faced in implementing and promoting electric cars in Dubai. Current rate to charge an electric vehicle is 29 fils per kilowatt.
“We don't see electric cars in the market and we would like to penetrate the market by providing such incentives. 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," said Al Tayer.
"To charge an electric car, it can cost Dh29 as compared to over Dh200 to refuel car of a similar size," Al Tayer said.
This is a very forward approach and is very crucial for a first world city as using electric vehicles will save millions and reduce carbon emissions substantially.