By Sajila Saseendran www.khaleejtimes.com
Dubai — Motorists in Dubai will soon see parking slots reserved for electric cars in petrol stations, malls, airports and some residential communities.
Exclusive parking spaces and subsidies to make electric cars cheaper are among the incentives planned to encourage users to buy the environmental-friendly cars in Dubai, officials of the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) said on Sunday.
For the government sector, there will be specific strategies requiring them to include a mix of electric and hybrid cars in their fleet of vehicles, they told Khaleej Times.
Executive Vice-President of Strategy and Business Development at Dewa Waleed Salman said all the main stakeholders cooperating with the authority to build electric vehicle (EV) charging stations in Dubai have decided to dedicate some slots of parking only for such vehicles.
“It will be in the stations and even on the roads and streets,” he said. The stakeholders include the Roads and Transport Authority, Dubai Municipality, Dubai Airports, major developers, malls and petrol stations.
Sixteen EV charging stations were opened in Dewa offices across the emirate in February in the first phase of the initiative to build the infrastructure for electric and hybrid cars in Dubai. The Dubai Silicon Oasis opened its first charging station last week. In total, Dubai will have 100 EV charging stations by the end of this year. More info