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Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 14 November 2018

Electric dreams: vehicle charging station launched in Dubai 

Charging station will be on display at Wetex event in Dubai World Trade Centre this week

The RTA's mobile vehicle charging station will be on display at WETEX this week in Dubai's World Trade Centre.
The RTA's mobile vehicle charging station will be on display at WETEX this week in Dubai's World Trade Centre.

Dubai's Road and Transport Authority is helping to drive the emirate towards an eco-friendly future – after announcing plans for a new mobile charging station for electric vehicles.

The transport authority says the move is all part of Dubai's long-term bid to build a green economy that is sustainable for years to come.

Mattar Al Tayer, director-general and chairman of the board of executive directors of the RTA, launched the station, which is on display at the Water, Energy, Technology and Environment Exhibition (Wetex 2018), being held at Dubai’s World Trade Centre from Tuesday until Thursday.

The launch of the mobile charging station is described as a key component of the nationwide UAE Green Development Strategy.

“It is part of a long-term national initiative for building a green economy in the UAE under the theme Green Economy for Sustainable Development,” said an RTA spokeswoman.

“It will also encourage people to own environmentally friendly electric vehicles.”

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The initiative aims to help reduce carbon emissions from the transport sector and to support the response to emergency cases.

“The vehicle can travel to recharge the customer’s vehicle on demand to enable the client to continue the journey to the destination or the nearest electric recharging station,” said the spokeswoman.

“The initiative will boost public confidence in the use of electric vehicles as a reliable alternative to fuel-powered vehicles.”

The RTA is also supplying the Dubai Taxi Corporation with 200 Tesla electric vehicles, some of which are equipped with self-driving technology, which has yet to be activated.

The RTA said that 50 of these electric vehicles have already started operation and 75 others will be added before the end of this year.

The remaining 75 vehicles are expected to be on the road by 2019.

There are already 13 electric charging stations situated throughout Dubai.