Regulatory policy

Abu Dhabi launches regulatory policy for electric vehicle charging infrastructure

Abu Dhabi has launched a regulatory policy for electric vehicle (EV) charging infrastructure in the emirate.

According to the Abu Dhabi Media Office, the Abu Dhabi Department of Energy (DoE) has announced the criteria for establishing a network of electric vehicle charging stations in the UAE capital.

“The electric vehicle charging policy in the emirate of Abu Dhabi is an important step to enable the growth of an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in the emirate, in line with Abu Dhabi’s economic diversification strategies and its commitment to the Paris agreement on climate change Since the greatest demand for energy comes from industry, construction and transport, the DoE recognizes that decarbonizing these sectors requires electricity from clean and renewable sources.Therefore, one of our main goals at the DoE is to support the transition of our transport sector to electricity and away from fossil fuels, and with the globally proven benefits of increasing the use of electric vehicles that are charged from the power grid system, we have built a strong economic and environmental case for on the growth of Abu Dhabi’s EV and EV infrastructure markets. said engineer Awaidha Al Marar, chairman of the DoE.

The DoE policy supports Abu Dhabi’s low-emission vehicle strategy to diversify the energy sources used in the transition to electrification.

At present, the adoption of electric vehicles in Abu Dhabi is still in its infancy, but the DoE has predicted that technical developments in the near future will likely lead to increased customer demand for these vehicles which will likely become common in the emirate. over the next decade and beyond.

A major barrier for customers buying EVs is “range anxiety,” that is, the fear that they won’t be able to find a place to charge their EV when they go. use away from home. The policy will enable the necessary investment in this electric vehicle charging infrastructure and help to address this range anxiety. This in turn should encourage consumers to buy and use electric vehicles in the emirate.

Separately, the Dubai Electricity and Water Authority (DEWA) announced that it has, through its EV Green Charger initiative, provided more than 8,800 megawatt hours (MWh) of electricity to charge electric vehicles (EVs) in Dubai since 2015.

Read: DEWA EV green chargers deliver over 8,800 MWh of electricity to date