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.