10 Percent of Dubai’s Civic Cars to Run on Electricity

Cars will help reach target of reduced carbon emissions by 16 percent


Dubai, UAE: In effort to curb carbon emissions Dubai aims at turning 10 percent of its civic fleet to electric cars by 2020. Government bodies will be ordering thousands of electric cars over the next four years from companies such as Tesla Motors and have worked out incentives to urge people to adopt the greener transportation option.

The charge of reducing carbon emissions by 16 percent over the next four years falls on the Executive Electric Car Committee and the Technical Electric Car Committee, who report in to the Supreme Energy Council. The new committees are also tasked with working out way to encourage people to buy electric cars over petrol-operated vehicles through government incentives.

In an interview with Gulf News, Waleed Salman, Executive Vice President of Strategy and Business Development in Dubai Water and Electricity Authority (Dewa), seemed optimistic about achieving this target, projecting that emissions “will decrease even more” and hoping that in the future they will be able to achieve a bigger target.

Already giving the green signal on 100 electric-car charging stations with the promise of more in the following months, Dubai is doing all it can to make the change towards an environmentally-friendly and sustainable economy. “Giving electric-car owners special perks could help drive Dubai toward cleaner air and a greener economy […]We are speaking with RTA to get parking for free for electric vehicles”, Salmaan said.

The committees are also looking into new technologies that will make charging electric cars simpler and quicker. “We are looking at technology with faster chargers,” Salman said. “In R&D, we are testing induction. There is a mat and you park [over it]. It charges without putting in any wires.”

Taking these efforts further, Dubai energy officials have been working with Tesla to be on the approved pre-order list for the Model 3, racking up 325,000 pre-order reservations worth Dh51.42 billion. UAE is also the only Middle East country in which customers can order the basic vehicle for $35,000 right from Tesla’s online reservation page and have it shipped directly to the UAE.

The new Tesla vehicle Model 3 had sparked global interest in eco-friendly cars that put sustainable transportation within reach.