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Dubai mulls ways to promote the eco-friendly electric vehicles

Users of electric vehicles could soon be offered a number of incentives, including a subsidised price for their favourite car, as the government of Dubai studies ways to promote the eco-friendly vehicles.

As part of the smart city initiative, Dubai is currently looking at various options to make electric vehicles more attractive to motorists, one of these being making these vehicles available at a subsidised rate, said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Managing Director and CEO of Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (Dewa), speaking after the inauguration of the first public Electric Vehicle (EV) charging station at Dubai Silicon Oasis (DSO).

“The Executive Council of Dubai is studying various proposals to encourage people to use eco-friendly vehicles. Having the infrastructure ready for charging the vehicles is a first step in this direction. Various other things are being looked at like reducing the customs duty or subsidising the cost for buyers,” said Al Tayer.

In February this year, Dewa launched 16 EV charging stations at its various premises, as part of its project to set up 100 EV stations across the city by the end of the year.

This is the first station outside Dewa premises and DSO is planning to have seven more EV stations in the next couple of years. Electric car

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