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EmiratesEVRT road trip promotes electric cars in UAE

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The first Emirates Electric Vehicle Road Trip (EEVRT) concluded at The Sustainable City in Dubai last week, opening nine new charging stations in the UAE along the way and promoting electric vehicle adoption in the country.

The new, free-to-use electric vehicle charging stations, supplied by ENGIE, were opened at three AccorHotels, including Marjan Island Resort & Spa in Ras Al Khaimah (three), the Novotel Fujairah (four), and at the Sofitel Corniche in Abu Dhabi (two).

The four-day event took place from 29th January to 1st February 2017 when 11 electric vehicles left Dubai and traversed more than 700 km across the UAE. The road trip concluded with an electric vehicle conference at The Sustainable City, including a final UAE electric vehicle parade, which also included electric bikes.

During the road trip, Emirates National Bank of Dubai, The Sustainable City and AXA Insurance made announcements on their commitment to support the evolution of the electric vehicle industry in the UAE. Emirates NBD has launched their green auto loan with preferential pricing, The Sustainable City provides a Dhs 40,000 grant for residents wishing to purchase an electric car, and AXA Insurance Gulf has launched a first-of-its-kind insurance solution for electric vehicles in the GCC region under its Tesla Club Scheme.

Tesla officially debuts in the UAE today, the details of which are still forthcoming. It will become the first electric-only (without petrol-engine back-up) car to go on sale in the UAE. Renault currently offers the Twizy runabout at the moment, while their Zoe electric hatchback apparently never went on sale to the public directly, as far as we know.

5 comments to EmiratesEVRT road trip promotes electric cars in UAE

  • Salman

    Mash, they didn’t want to launch with the lower range zoe but they got the long range one just two weeks ago so that’s prepping to go on sale after hot weather testing.

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  • Salman

    https://www.tesla.com/en_AE/

    The website and ordering is up now.

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  • Terence Crasto

    there is this car rental company which has parked 2 Renault Zoe and 4 Toyota Prius on the lane when you enter from jumeirah beach road at umm sequeim 3 towards a school Raffles World Academy..I assume it is available for purchase as of now only under limited registration categories

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    • Salman

      I saw those as well (Green Agent rental). The Renault EV rep told me he wants to have the large capacity battery car in showrooms by year end.

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  • Shibu Daniel

    You do realize that since the main source of energy in this region are fossil fuels anyways and the components are manufactured in the least eco friendly way possible, this is actually less eco friendly than regular car.

    Check this video out and you’ll know what I mean:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MQLbakWESkw

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