GM launches first electric vehicle in the Middle East
General Motors (GM) has announced the Middle East launch of its latest electric model, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, at the Dubai International Motor Show
General Motors has announced the Middle East launch of its latest electric model, the Chevrolet Bolt EV, at the Dubai International Motor Show.
One of the longest-range electric vehicles in the market, the new ecological car will be up for sale in Dubai by the end of 2018. The model has already seen successful sales figures in the U.S., selling more than 17,000 units since its release in January, priced at $37,000, reported Forbes Middle East.
The Chevrolet Bolt EV can achieve more than 500 kilometres of range on a single charge, with the ability to store 150 kilometres worth of range in just a 30-minute charge. “This car will end driver long-range anxiety in Dubai and the rest of the Middle East,” said Mario Spangenberg, President and Managing Director of General Motors’ Africa and Middle East Operations – and number 8 on Forbes Middle East’s Top 100 Executives In The Arab World 2017 list.
In October General Motors announced plans to release at least another 21 electric vehicles worldwide by 2023, in an effort to promote zero emissions, zero crashes and zero congestion.
The launch of the Chevrolet Bolt EV in Dubai, will be followed by a second in Amman, Jordan.
In September this year, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) started rolling out incentives for electric car drivers reported Forbes Middle East.
Effective immediately, drivers will enjoy free public parking and charging, toll-fee exemption, and discounts on electric car registrations. There are currently 100 electric car charging stations in Dubai with plans on an increase to 200 in 2018 across the city.