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DEWA unveils first electric vehicle charging point

100 stations to be installed across Dubai by the end of 2015.

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DEWA has launched the first electric vehicle charging station in Dubai and aims to introduce 100 charging points by the end of the year.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, inaugurated the first electric vehicle charging station in Dubai, at Dubai Electricity and Water Authority’s (DEWA’s) main office.

“This pioneering initiative will greatly support DEWA’s efforts to reduce the carbon footprint, protect the environment, and drive Dubai’s sustainable development forward,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of DEWA.

“We are confident this project will have the full support of Dubai residents as well as government and private organisations.”

The move is the first stage of a plan to develop the infrastructure needed to introduce electric vehicles in the Emirate.

DEWA is collaborating with a number of national and private organisations to implement the project, including car manufacturers, airports, shopping malls, petrol stations, Dubai Municipality, RTA, hotels, and owners and operators of parking lots in Dubai.

The first phase involves installing 16 charging stations for public use with each station capable of accommodating two vehicles at a time. Twelve stations have already been installed at DEWA’s centres, one station has been installed in Dubai Silicon Oasis with another and two more due in Dubai Design District (D3) by March 2015.

During phase two of the project, 84 charging stations of different types will be rolled out across Dubai by the end of 2015
DEWA will build three types of electric vehicle charging stations that are compatible with the latest international technologies used in electric vehicles.

Fast charging stations that take 30 minutes will be available in petrol stations. The other two types include charging stations that take 4 hours, and 6-8 hours, respectively.

The move supports the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, vice president and prime minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the happiest city on earth that provides the most efficient and seamless experience and is the safest place for residents and visitors.

The introduction of electric vehicles is part of a three pronged approach to achieving this goal, which also includes rooftop solar energy and smart meters and grids.

“By transforming Dubai into the smartest city in the world, we aim to make our society happier and provide smart, instant, and seamless services that are available anytime, anywhere. Dubai has all the elements to be a global leader in sustainability, competitiveness, and green economy,” said Al Tayer.

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