A year after the first electric car charging station was introduced in Dubai, the emirate has taken a quantum leap with several electric charging stations now up and running, including the latest ones at petrol stations.
Emirates National Oil Company (Enoc), a wholly owned entity of the Government of Dubai, has announced the installation of nine electrical vehicle charging stations at Enoc/Eppco service stations across Dubai.
Last year, Dubai Electricity & Water Authority (Dewa) launched the electric-vehicle charging stations programme in support of the vision of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, to transform Dubai into the smartest city in the world.
Electric-vehicle charging stations promote sustainable personal transportation and preserve natural resources. In February 2015, Dewa launched its first charging station for electric cars in its headquarters.
In February 2016, the first seven charging stations have been completed and commissioned in Enoc/Eppco petrol stations (in partnership with Dewa), while two additional units are planned to be installed in upcoming sites currently under construction in Dubai.
“This project highlights our commitment to sustainability and our strategy to promote the use of electric cars, in line with the Dubai Government’s Smart City initiative. We are thankful to Enoc for its support in providing their facilities to establish the infrastructure needed to facilitate the implementation,” said Saeed Mohammed Al Tayer, Vice-Chairman of Enoc Group and Managing Director and CEO of Dewa.
“The incorporation of electric charging units at our service stations underlines our commitment to protect the environment as well as our support to the government sector in its efforts to achieve the Emirate’s sustainable development goals. We are proud to cooperate with Dewa, and the Government of Dubai, by offering our wide network of service stations to build the infrastructure needed to apply this visionary initiative,” Saif Humaid Al Falasi, Enoc Group CEO.
Enoc is a strong participant in environmental protection, promoting the use of Compressed Natural Gas (CNG) as clean and green fuel of choice that supports the ‘Green Economy for Sustainable Development’ vision of the UAE through EMGAS. Enoc also owns and operates a ‘green service station’ in Dubai, the first of its kind in the region.