Are you in the market to replace your car? Can’t decide what to buy? Perhaps it is time to buy an electric car in Dubai.
The Road and Transport Authority (RTA) and Dubai Electricity and Water (DEWA) announced earlier this week, not only will you be saving the environment, but you’ll also benefit from a full range of benefits including free public parking and free Salik.
Announced this past Sunday, electric vehicle owners in the Emirate also receive discounts when registering their vehicle and free charging until 2019!
To park your EV for free, the RTA will provide a unique sticker upon registering the vehicle.
How much will it cost to charge an electric car in Dubai?
Previously, a standard electricity tariff of 29 fils per kilowatt was applied to charging stations. Saeed Al Tayer crunched the numbers comparing an electric vehicle to a petrol car. Charging a Tesla costs AED 29, 80% cheaper than filling up a fuel equivalent vehicle at a petrol station.
Dubai authorities have not mentioned how long these incentives will be available for and to compensate for the mass purchasing of EV’s in the near future, DEWA is said to build more than 100 charging stations throughout Dubai.
These benefits only apply to a handful of hybrid vehicles as those who apply must purchase a car with plug-in capabilities. Renault Zoe and any Tesla models are allowed whereas the hydrogen-powered Toyota Mirai is not eligible.
Dubai government and officials will spend millions of Dirhams on the electric vehicles segment and are aiming for 32,000 EV models to drive the streets by 2020.
In other Dubai electric car news, Dubai Taxi has added 50 Tesla’s to their fleet and just this past week, Dubai Police has added a handful of EV’s to their state-of-the-art fleet.