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Create a digitally-operated full spectrum EV charging network? That's the plan for Abu Dhabi and Mubadala. (Image used for illustrative purposes.) Image Credit: Supplied

Dubai: Abu Dhabi is exploring the possibilities for a digital platform to charge electric vehicles – and Mubadala Investment Company and France’s Engie will lead the way. Such a digital platform will include a joint solution for the installation and operation of charging infrastructure in Abu Dhabi and the UAE. They will also explore further areas of collaboration related to sustainable mobility.

“Mubadala is committed to driving sustainability in the UAE and the wider region by laying the foundation and advancing future focused sectors in the fields of technology and mobility,” said Badr Al Olama, Executive Director at UAE Investments at Mubadala.

Electric vehicles will play major roles in decarbonizing the mobility sector, with emissions from these up to 43 per cent lower than fuelled up ones. France’s Engie has quite a sizeable regional presence, and last year recorded a turnover of 57.9 billion euros. The company is positioning itself as a low-carbon energy services provider.

Switching to electric

Ian Harfield, Managing Director of Engie Energy Solutions said, “By 2030, 60 per cent of the global population will live in cities. Sustainable mobility will emerge as one of the greatest challenges facing urban planners. Adoption of clean fuels and electrification of public and private transport systems will be key levers for reducing carbon emissions and pollutants in cities.

“The UAE, in particular, is leading the change towards independent electric cars in the region and targets to enter about 42,000 electric cars on its streets by 2030. This partnership with Mubadala is a commitment of our contribution to the UAE’s evolution towards green mobility.”