The Museum of the Future in Dubai on Sheikh Zayed Road, adjacent to the majestic Emirates Towers will be noticed by all. It is not only an architectural wonder but also an insignia for a sustainable future that Dubai is promising.
Dubai is intrigued by the promise and ingenuity of sustainable transport and has been rolling out Electric Vehicles.The city is dotted with complimentary EV charging stations and preferred parking spots for these vehicles including free parking.
The story of Electric Vehicles (EV) may have Elon Musk as the flagbearer, but it takes future-ready cities like Dubai to turn the vision to reality. Tesla’s entry in the transport sector prompted the widespread adoption green and clean energy forcing competing automobile manufacturers to expedite the launch of a larger range of energy-efficient electric models, which are now becoming visible in UAE.
Since the launch of Tesla’s showroom in Dubai in 2017, the market for electric mobility continues to grow fast. As the plug-in EVs race on the UAE roads, the UAE government has proactively taken measures to encourage people to buy EVs over conventional cars for the ecological benefits they offer and to be in line with the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030.
Benefits of EVs
EVs offer benefits of reduced air-pollution, that are typically associated with petrol and diesel vehicles. With reduced emissions, there would be reduced ecological damage and improved public health. Options to charge EVs on renewable energy sources such as solar or wind further contribute to a greener environment.
EVs offer a lot of benefits compared to conventional cars:
– EV batteries last longer as they are generally designed with a life of 8-years/100,000-miles.
– The battery, motor, and associated electronics require little to no regular maintenance.
– With fewer fluids to change and lesser moving parts servicing is relatively easy and cheaper.
– Electricity is cheaper than petrol.
– Zero-emission means they are quieter on the roads and less pollution.
EV Charging Stations
The major drawback of Electric Vehicles is limitation of distance travelled between two charges. This is compounded by the sparse availability of charging stations for longer trips.
For electric vehicles to go mainstream, electrical charging will need to be widely accessible to the public. The UAE has strategically planned the EV charging infrastructure at the most convenient locations, to further propel the rapid adoption of clean vehicles. Currently DEWA has successfully installed more than 240 EV charging stations across Dubai in places such as government offices, airports, petrol stations, shopping malls, commercial offices, hospitals, and residential complexes.
DEWA installed three types of chargers:
– Fast Charger (43 kW AC with Type 2 Socket) provides an 80% charge within 20 to 45 minutes and are mostly installed at petrol stations.
– Public Charger (2 x 22 kW AC, with double Type 2 Socket) provides full charge in 2 to 4 hours.
– Wall-Box (22 kW AC, with single Type 2 Socket) provides a full charge in 2 to 4 hours.
Chargemap helps you locate listed EV stations to charge your electric car.
Alternatively, you can charge your car at home by plugging-in your electric vehicle into a special, dedicated 3 pin plug sockets to give you full charge of around 2-4 hours.
The Future is EV
As the number of Electric Vehicles increase on the road so will their contribution towards a greener tomorrow. It will also help UAE move closer towards its aim of Clean Energy Strategy 2050 that aims to provide 75 % of the emirate’s energy through clean energy sources by 2050 and help achieve its goal to become a city with the smallest carbon footprint in the world.
Electric Way has anticipated this future by representing leading brands in the EV charging industry and will be distributing the products and technology in the region. We will soon be setting up the first-ever corporate EV charging station in our company’s parking lot.
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