Electric cars to get charging points

Emirati visitors inspect a Tesla Roadster battery-powered car in Abu Dhabi. (JOSEPH J CAPELLAN)

The Abu Dhabi Water and Electricity Authority (Adwea) has said it plans to set up charging points for electricity-powered cars, after it introduced such cars in the emirate recently.

Earlier, Adwea had announced it would market electricity-powered cars in Abu Dhabi.

It had displayed a red electricity-powered car at an exhibition accompanying the World Future Energy Summit in the capital recently.

"Adwea has started to market the electricity-powered cars in Abu Dhabi.

"Over the next few years, we will establish stations to supply these new cars with electricity," said Humaid Al Shamsi, Director of Adwea 's Meter Department.

"Adwea is strongly promoting such cars in Abu Dhabi. The cars are manufactured by Tesla Motors of the United States and dubbed 'future cars'. The car's top speed is 250km per hour.

"It takes three-and-a-half hours for a full charge on which it drives for a distance of 393km.

"The car's battery is installed at the rear; it has no carbon dioxide emissions and does not produce any sound. In addition, it has an air conditioning system.

"However, it does not have a big carrying capacity and its current price, at €100,000 (Dh519,002), is high compared to normal petrol driven cars," Al Shamsi said. "I think its price will fall with increasing sales, which is a certainty since it is an environment-friendly car.

"Adwea strongly promotes the car and we hope it is extensively used in the capital over the next few years, especially as the cost of its fuel [electricity] will fall as a result of a big solar power generation project currently being implemented by Masdar," said Al Shamsi.

 

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