DEWA extends free electric car charging initiative in Dubai
Owners of electric vehicles in Dubai can enjoy free charging until December 31 2021.
Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has extended the scheme, which applies to non-commercial users who register for the EV Green Charger Initiative.
The incentive, which was due to finish at the end of next month, 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 29 fils per kilowatt hour, effective from the January 1, 2020.
DEWA has been providing free charging for electric vehicle users registered in the 'EV Green Charger Initiative' from September 1 2017, to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in Dubai.
Under the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative, which was launched by the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy in 2016, at least 10 percent of all newly-purchased cars will be electric or hybrid by 2020.
This supports the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 percent 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 December 31 2021. The huge turnout from the community encourages us to launch further initiatives to secure a more sustainable future for generations to come,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.