Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) has installed two electric vehicle green cCharger stations at the offices of Expo Dubai. DEWA is also installing 15 more stations at the Opportunity, Sustainability and Mobility pavilions for electric vehicle owners who will visit the Expo Dubai. This is part of its effort to provide a sustainable Expo Dubai for 6 months and longer.
As the Official Sustainability Partner for Expo Dubai during 1 October 2021 to 31 March 2022, DEWA has invested AED 4.26 billion to build the electricity and water infrastructure for the event using smart systems. It will also provide clean energy to the Expo Dubai from the Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum Solar Park, the largest single-site solar park in the world based on the Independent Power Producer (IPP) model.
HE Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, MD & CEO of DEWA, said that DEWA is collaborating with the relevant organizations in the UAE to prepare to host the best World Expo, in Dubai. DEWA would utilize all its capabilities to make the Expo Dubai in 2021 compatible with the UAE reputation.
“To host the Expo Dubai, DEWA has completed major projects, including constructing electricity and water transmission networks for it. The total cost of DEWA’s three substations at Expo Dubai has reached AED 420 million.” he said.
“Our plan to install 17 electric vehicle Green Charger stations at the Expo site is part of the plan to achieve the Smart Dubai initiative, launched by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, to make Dubai the smartest and happiest city in the world. It also supports the Dubai Plan 2021 to make Dubai a sustainable and innovative city; consolidating Dubai’s position as a global model for a green economy,” said Al Tayer.
He further mentioned that they are committed to increasing the number of hybrid and electric vehicles in Dubai, which supports the Dubai Green Mobility Strategy 2030 and the Dubai Carbon Abatement Strategy 2021 to reduce carbon emissions from the transportation sector.
As the expiry date for free charging for electric vehicles approaches, DEWA has announced an extension allowing private users, to charge their vehicles for free at DEWA public charging stations until 31 December 2021. This incentive is exclusively for DEWA public charging stations and does not include home charging stations. Commercial registered users such as government, semi-government, and private organizations will be charged the tariff of 29 fills per kilowatt hour, effective from 1 January 2020.
DEWA has successfully installed 240 electric vehicle charging stations in different areas of Dubai such as government offices, airports, petrol stations, shopping malls, commercial offices, hospitals, and residential complexes. This is part of the Green Charger initiative, in collaboration with concerned organizations in Dubai.