Toll exemption, free charging, parking and registration for electric cars
Electric car owners can now charge their cars for free until the end of 2019, so if you own one, head to any of DEWA’s Green Chargers, and plug in.
Not only that, but if you drive an eco-friendly, electric car, you will be exempt from paying Salik fees, the tolls found on Sheikh Zayed Road and other major roads.
It’s all part of the Dubai Green Mobility Initiative, which has seen Dubai supercharge (sorry) its electric car initiatives, by introducing a range of new incentives to get more residents buying more energy efficient and sustainable vehicles.
Tonnes of new incentives for using electric vehicles in Dubai have been announced by DEWA (Dubai Electricity and Water Authority) and the RTA (Roads and Transport Authority), in a series of public pledges. These include the free charging access and exemption from paying Salik, but also includes additional perks like exemption from RTA electric vehicle registration and renewal fees.
The RTA has also confirmed it will be offering free parking spaces designed for electric cars, so according to these announcements, electric car owners won’t have to pay anything to register their vehicles, or renew their licenses, or drive it on major roads, or recharge it at public DEWA points, or park it around town.
It’s a bit of a no-brainer, really, not just for the cost efficiency but also for the energy consumption and environmental benefits. Dubai wants to have the lowest carbon footprint of any city globally within the next 35 years, so incremental benefits like this will certainly help pave the way.
“This supports the Dubai Clean Energy Strategy 2050, for Dubai to have the lowest carbon footprint in the world by 2050, and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy to cut carbon emissions by 16 percent by 2021,” said His Excellency Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, vice chairman of the Supreme Council of Energy and managing director and CEO of DEWA.