The Dubai Electricity and and Water Authority (Dewa) has announced the extension of the free charging incentives for electric vehicles until 31 December, 2019.
This means that non-commercial users who register for the EV Green Charger Initiative will not need to pay for charging at Dewa’s public charging stations for another year. The current free charging incentive was due to expire on 31 December 2019, but has been pushed forward by a year.
Dewa emphasised that the incentive is only for non-commercial users and is exclusive to Dewa public charging stations. It does not include home charging stations.
Commercial registered users such as government, semi-government, and private organisations will be charged the tariff of 29 fils per kilowatt hour from 1 January, 2020.
#DEWA has announced an extension of its free electric vehicle charging for non-commercial users registered in the #EVGreenCharger Initiative to charge their vehicles for free at #DEWA public charging stations until the 31st of Dec, 2021. #DEWAnews pic.twitter.com/deK00XFn6y— DEWA | Official Page (@DEWAOfficial) November 23, 2019
Commenting on the extension of free electric vehicle charging, managing director and chief executive officer of Dewa, HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, said: “Dewa seeks to increase the number of hybrid and electric vehicles in Dubai, which supports the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030 and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.”
Al Tayer added that at least 10% of all newly-purchased cars will be electric or hybrid from 2016 to 2020. This supports the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16% by 2021.
DEWA has been providing free charging for electric vehicle users registered in the EV Green Charger Initiative from the 1 September, 2017 until 31 December 2019, to encourage the adoption of electric vehicles in Dubai.