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Dubai issues vehicle charging station directive

Dubai energy council mandates that DEWA must approve all parties seeking to establish, install, operate or maintain electric vehicle charging stations

DEWA has so far installed 100 electric vehicle charging stations in different areas in Dubai, in cooperation with various stakeholders.
DEWA has so far installed 100 electric vehicle charging stations in different areas in Dubai, in cooperation with various stakeholders.

HH Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, chairman of the Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, has issued a directive outlining the requirements for the independent establishment, installation, operation and maintenance of electric vehicle charging stations in Dubai.

This directive also states that all public and private organisations and developers in Dubai must get approvals from Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) before proceeding.

DEWA will in turn coordinate with Dubai Municipality (DM) and the Roads and Transport Authority (RTA) to ensure that electric vehicle charging stations meet the technical requirements and standards adopted by the relevant authorities.

“Under the umbrella of the Supreme Council of Energy, DEWA and the RTA intend to implement the Dubai Green Transport initiative to promote the use of electric and hybrid cars, and reduce carbon emissions caused by land transport,” said HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chair for the council.

“This supports the Dubai Plan 2021, and the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050 to make Dubai the city with the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050. It also supports the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to reduce 16% of carbon emissions by 2021.”

DEWA has so far installed 100 electric vehicle charging stations in different areas in Dubai, in cooperation with various stakeholders that helped to identify the most appropriate locations for the stations.

Locations include Dubai Airports, Dubai Municipality, the RTA, shopping malls, petrol stations, hotels, parking areas and other locations requested by developers.

HE Ahmad Al Muhairbi, secretary general for the council, meanwhile reiterated Dubai’s stated goals of seeing the proportion of all newly-purchased cars that are electric or hybrid rise to at least 10% by 2030.

“We urge the public and private sectors to collaborate with each other to achieve these ambitious targets,” he said, adding that the electricity tariffs at the charging stations will be clearly defined by the Government of Dubai, and that DEWA will duly adhere to these tariffs.

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