Electric vehicle charging stations launched in Sharjah
The new electric charging facilities unveiled in Sharjah’s Al Qasba area form part of the emirate’s green parking initiative, which was recently launched by the Sharjah Investment and Development Authority (Shurooq) with the aim of promoting a sustainable ecosystem in Sharjah.
The inauguration of the two new charging stations is aimed at spreading awareness about the importance of electric vehicles in preserving the environment, decreasing harmful emissions and reducing the carbon footprint.
Al Qasba’s management is keen to highlight the role played by green parking - of which electric vehicle charging stations are a main component - in promoting sound environmental practices.
“The launch of green parking in Al Qasba through the establishment of two charging stations for electric cars is a significant boost to Sharjah government’s efforts of adopting more sustainable methods and advancing the emirate’s status as an eco-friendly city,” said Sultan Mohammed Shattaf, manager of Al Qasba.
“As electric vehicles become more and more established moving forward, we anticipate that the number of charging stations will increase correspondingly in the emirate, with additional stations being installed at Al Qasba as required,” he added.
As part of the official inauguration ceremony for the two new electric vehicle stations at Al Qasba and to demonstrate their effectiveness, a pair of BMW electric cars - BMW i8 - were installed at the two lots in Al Qasba’s car park, one located in Block A and the other in Block D, to showcase the recharging technique.
While the stations are initially being aimed at private users of electric and hybrid cars, their utility for logistics companies operating an all-electric or hybrid fleet is clear.
Daimler recently released its prototype all-electric heavy haul truck for urban delivery loops and while no such commercial vehicle is currently in operation in the UAE, the development of infrastructure for such vehicle is the first step in creating the right ecosystem for their adoption.