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Electric cars get first charger in Dubai

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Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) has registered the first ‘green charger’ user for electric vehicles.

The new initiative supports the Smart Dubai initiative launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

“Dewa launched the first electric vehicle charging station in Dubai at Dewa Headquarters.

“As part of the first phase, 100 electric vehicle charging stations are being built this year, of which 16 are now ready.

“In the second phase, Dewa will install 84 charging stations of three different types, fast-charging, medium-charging and home-charging stations, will be installed across Dubai,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa.

He noted that fast-charging points provide 80 per cent charge in 20 to 45 minutes depending on the type of car and battery capacity.

Most of these will be installed at petrol stations.

Medium-charging points provide a full charge in two-four hours, depending on the type of car and battery capacity. These will located in malls, parks and offices.

Home-charging points fully-charge vehicles in six-eight hours, depending on the type of car and battery capacity.

The rate per kilowatt hour (kW/h) for charging an electric vehicle in public charging points is 29 Fils per kW/h.

If the vehicle is charged at home, the standard residential electricity rate will be applied.

“At Dewa, we work to achieve the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum  to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.

“We have launched three smart initiatives to support this, including Shams Dubai to connect solar energy in buildings, smart applications and smart meters, and Green Charger for infrastructure and electric vehicle charging stations.

“These initiatives will contribute effectively to the achievement of the UAE Vision 2021 and Dubai Plan 2021, which aims to make Dubai a smart, integrated and connected city, sustainable with its resources and where environmental components are clean, healthy and sustainable.

“These smart initiatives also contribute to the happiness of all residents in Dubai and also contribute to reducing the carbon footprint and driving the sustainable development of Dubai,” Al Tayer added.

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