First Electric vehicle charging stations open in Dubai

The Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa) today opened first Electric Vehicle Charging stations in Dubai.

Shaikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, Chairman of Dubai Airports and Dubai Supreme Council of Energy, and Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD and CEO of Dewa and vice-chairman of the council, officially inaugurated the solar-powered charging stations at DEWA headquarter on 25-02-15 Tuesday.

Al Tayer said 16 stations have been opened in the first phase of the project, and allow motorists to charge their vehicles across the city for approximately Dh2 to Dh5 for long-distance driving. A total of 100 charging stations will be launched across Dubai by end of 2015

The Dubai authority is in talks with electric car manufacturers and private developers for boosting the presence of electric cars and their charging stations in the emirate. Compared to cars powered by petrol, electric cars help in reducing pollution and greenhouse gas emission and also require very less maintenance. However, require more initial investment and longer time for charging, factors that have hindered their popularity.